Chicago Blues Icon Willie Buck signs for a New Release with Delmark Records

Chicago Blues Legend Willie Buck

 Blues singer Willie Buck has been leading his own bands in Chicago for over forty years now. He has enjoyed the company of some of the city’s best sidemen. The Houston, Mississippi native and Chicago adoptive son, has signed a new contract with Delmar Records. Buck’s new exciting CD will be released next spring, right before the 2019 Chicago Blues Festival.

More details very soon!



Delmark Records is America’s oldest existing jazz and blues independent record label. It was founded by Bob Koester Sr. in St. Louis, Missouri in 1953, originally under the name “Delmar.” In 1958, Koester and the label relocated to Chicago with the label’s current name: Delmark.

Throughout its history, Delmark has released records by historical jazz & blues artists such as Sonny Stitt, the Art Ensemble of Chicago, Junior Wells, J. B. Hutto, Robert Nighthawk, Luther Allison, Magic Sam, Jimmy Dawkins, Malachi Thompson, Jimmy Johnson, Sleepy John Estes, Arthur Crudup, Otis Rush, Yank Rachell, and Roosevelt Sykes.

The label also has released albums by musicians from Chicago’s Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM). The first record was Roscoe Mitchell’s Sound (1966) which received a five-star review in Downbeat. This was followed by a string of releases on Delmark that highlighted the new music being played in Chicago by artists associated with the AACM including Muhal Richard Abrams, Kalaparusha Maurice McIntyre, and Anthony Braxton. Additionally, Delmark released two of the earliest Sun Ra albums, Sun Song and Sound of Joy, in 1967 and 1968 respectively.

Today, Delmark is owned and operated by musicians and educators Julia A. Miller and Elbio Bariliari. Delmark is a force on the Chicago blues & jazz music scene with records by jazz artists such as Ari Brown, Ernest Dawkins, Nicole Mitchell, Paul Giallorenzo, Jason Stein, Frank Catalano, Rob Mazurek, Ken Vandermark, Fred Anderson, plus blues musicians including Zora Young, Ken Saydak, Byther Smith, Michael Coleman, Little Arthur Duncan, Eddie C. Campbell, and Jimmy Burns, among others.


3 thoughts on “Chicago Blues Icon Willie Buck signs for a New Release with Delmark Records

  1. As far as articles on Willie Buck, I would think you’d want to include a mention of my feature on Buck that appeared in Living Blues magazine #222 in 2012. I believe it was the first such feature on Buck (and perhaps only feature), and if not, at least contains some interesting details about his life (and unique photos) that no one else has covered.

      1. That’s great to hear. Thanks very much. I know that Buck was very pleased with it and requested lots of copies. It also includes a map that I created of the virtually-unknown black blues scene that existed on the north side near Old Town in the 1950s.

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