Studebaker John in Chicago
Playing a little catch up with the Blog.
A visit to Chicago gave me the chance to see some local blues. Unfortunately I had enough work that one night out was all I had.
The House of Blues was walking distance from my hotel. So Monday night a visit was in order. I had met John some time ago when he played Black-eyed Sally’s.
The room was not that big with tables in a pit and a bar on one side and tables in a dining room set-up on the other side.
Linsley Alexander was the opening act. Playing solo he was good enough to listen and yet you were able to hold a conversation if you wanted to.
John was standing on the side watching Linsley Alexander and I had a chance to say hello.
It was an early night as Studebaker John was coming on at 8 pm. He provided guitar, vocals and what I remembered most harmonica.
Backed by a bass and drums, they were a good fit for the room. Because of the early hour the audience was in flux.
John had an interesting harmonica set-up with it attached to its own mic.
I was not the only camera in the place. It looked like John had a fan club.
I also had a chance to talk with the sound man who told me the manager used to play, which is what I suspected from the acts and set-up.
The crowd seemed like an after work group mixed with tourists. We had an easy walk back to the Sheraton.