Rockwell Blues & Jazz Street Stroll + Robert Whitall Art Show + Mud Morganfield + Jose Ramirez + Delmark All Stars Band + Dave Specter + Jimmy Johnson

Rockwell Blues & Jazz Street Stroll 1 day Fest on Sept 4th. Mud Morganfield has a new single. Jose Ramirez recorded with Delmark All Stars Band. Dave Specter upcoming double album. Jimmy Johnson receives the Jus’ Blues Award. Robert Whitall Jr. art show is OPEN until September 24.


1pm – Donna Herula & Harlan Terson

2pm – Mike Wheeler Band

3pm – Liz Mandeville

4pm – Soul Message Band + Geof Bradfield

5pm – Michael Frank & Paul Kaye

6pm – Dave Weld & the Imperial Flames

7pm – Delmark All Stars Band: Bob Stroger, Willie Hayes, Billy Flynn, Roosevelt Purifoy with special guests Jimmy Burns, Linsey Alexander, Willie Buck, Sharon Lewis, Demetria Taylor, Dave Specter, & more!

The Rockwell Street Blues & Jazz Stroll IS a truly collaborative music and cultural festival with the Rockwell Corridor neighborhood & its businesses; spearheaded by Delmark Records, Earwig Records, Rockwell Business & Residents Association (RBRA), Alderman Martin (47th ward), and the North Center Chamber of Commerce.

The festival will occur outside and virtual September 4th from noon to 9pm and will be kicked off by a large group photo by Robert Jr. Whitall (Big City Rhythm & Blues magazine) – in the style of Maxwell Street.

There will be two performing stages, solos & duos on the Delmark patio, 4121 N Rockwell St. Chicago, IL 60618 and bands inside the Burning Bush Brewery, 4014 N Rockwell St. Chicago, IL 60618.

The local dog businesses and other vendors will participate, and CHIRP radio will present interviews from its studio.

This festival will be a joyous, unifying factor for the neighborhood, and hopes to emulate the musical atmosphere of the old Maxwell Street, across from the historical Delmark Records Riverside studio.

–Two stages & dozens of musicians, culminating with the Delmark All Stars band and blues luminaries–First annual Rockwell Street Stroll, highly anticipated for many years

–Large group photo of blues & jazz musicians by Robert Jr. Whitall (Big City Rhythm & Blues) at noon Sept. 4 kicks off the event

–“Happy to Have the Blues” art & photo exhibit by Robert Jr. Whitall on display in the Delmark Gallery

–Vendor tables including: Delmark Records, Earwig Records, Wang Dang Doodle Tees, Stay/Found/Heal, CHIRP radio, and more…!

Participants: Delmark Records, Earwig Records, RBRA, 47th ward, NCOC (North Center Chamber of Commerce), Wang Dang Doodle Tees, CHIRP radio, Burning Bush Brewer.Presented by Delmark Records, Earwig Records & RBRA (Rockwell Business & Residents Association).

This program is supported is made possible by a grant from the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events with funding from the Walder Foundation.


Delmark Records, the oldest continuously operating blues & jazz independent record label in the US, announces a major addition to its roster. Mud Morganfield. Muddy Water’s eldest son just signed with the label. Morganfield’s first release on Delmark will be a digital single entitled “Praise Him”. The song, written and composed by the artist, will appear before September 1st.

Mullti-award-winning artist Mud Morganfield is an established star in the world of Blues music. The eldest son of the legendary Muddy Waters, Mud was brought up surrounded by many of the finest musicians in the Blues. Mud’s singing is firmly in best of traditions of Chicago Blues, but he is also a writer of great new songs and he is backed by some of the best musicians playing today. He is acclaimed by both critics and artists such as Buddy Guy and Jools Holland for his own musical ability,

Mud’s latest album, They Call Me Mud, was released on March 9, 2018, enjoying extensive airplay and great reviews.

Mud’s award-winning album, Son of the Seventh Son, was launched in 2012 and earned great reviews. The album was nominated in the Best Album and the Traditional Blues Male Artist Album categories of the 2013 Blues Foundation Blues Music Awards. In 2014, Mud’s collaboration with Kim Wilson, the album For Pops, attracted more critical acclaim and awards.

Vocals: Mud Morganfield

Guitar work: Rick Kreher & Mike Wheeler

Bass: Mud Morganfield

Drums and shaker: Cameron Lewis

Keys: Luca Chiellini

Choir singers: Felicia Collins, Shantina Lowe, Demetrius Hall

Engineer Blaise Barton – Joyride Studios

Written, Composed and Produced by Mud Morganfield



RECORDING SESSION with JOSE RAMIREZ & DELMARK ALL STARS: Bob Stroger (bass), Billy Flynn (guitar), Jose Ramirez (vocals & guitar), Willie The Touch Hayes (drums) and Roosevelt Purifoy (Hammond B3 organ). They were cooking! We recorded 4 tunes, 2 originals by Jose, one by Magic Sam and one by Jimmy Dawkins. This 3 tracks will appear on Jose 2nd album, his 1st on Delmark.

In Jose’s own words:

“Today at Delmark’s studio, I realized I was in the same room with the same musicians that played, recorded and toured many years with Muddy Waters, Magic Sam, Magic Slim, Otis Rush, BB King, Buddy Guy, Jimmy Rogers, Eddy Clearwater, Junior Wells, Luther Allison, Otis Clay, Willie Dixon, Koko Taylor, Lurrie Bell, Jimmy Johnson, Bryan Lee, Willie Kent, Snooky Pryor, Larry McCray, Mavis Staples, Marvin Gaye and The Temptations to mention a few…For a moment it was hard not getting emotional in front of them . . .

You have to understand…When I was a kid growing up in Costa Rica many moons ago, my only teachers were the blues albums I could get my hands on and these guys were in A LOT of them so to be in the same room recording my music with them was really a dream come true.I’m HONORED they wanted to be a part of this sessions and I will never forget this. I’d like to thank Julia A. Miller and Elbio Barilari for making this possible and for believing in my music and my dream. I’m excited about the next few days in the studio 😉 We’ll be doing some guitar work and vocals as well !We have ONE MORE BIG SURPRISE we’d like to announce related to this record…A very SPECIAL GUEST that will be featured in one of my songs for this album… I cannot make this announcement yet but y’all should stay tuned 😉

I would like to thank my good friend Mark Goodman for being a part of this experience and taking these amazing shots 📸 , also I’d like to thank the president of Suncoast Blues SocietyTerri OBrien for joining us as well.”


Dave Specter’s 30 year musical journey on Delmark surrounded by a stellar list of featured artists including Otis Clay, Jimmy Johnson, Ronnie Earl, Lurrie Bell, Billy Branch, Willie Kent, Jorma Kaukonen, Jack McDuff, Lynwood Slim, Sharon Lewis, Jesse Fortune, Barkin’ Bill Smith, Steve Freund, Floyd McDaniel, Tad Robinson, Lenny Lynn & more. Featuring both studio and live recordings.

Dave Specter’s career has been intertwined with the deepest roots of Chicago blues and Delmark’s rich history. The artist is showcased as a guitar virtuoso, a songwriter and most recently, a singer.

Currently Specter is going through a very creative and rewarding phase. After his critically acclaimed album “Blues From the Inside Out” received rave reviews and major airplay worldwide, his song “The Ballad of George Floyd” has been selected for the exhibit SONGS OF CONSCIENCE, SOUNDS OF FREEDOM at the Woody Guthrie Center, curated by the GRAMMY Museum.

This double CD release constitutes a definitive testimony to one of today’s most tasteful and versatile blues artists at the top of his game: Dave Specter.


The 21st annual Jus’ Blues Music Awards Conference will be presented exclusively online from August 28 and 29, 2021. The virtual event—will feature a combination of new broadcasts from JBMF’s esteemed video archives, recorded concert performances from past award shows and new performances from some of the genre’s leading music artists.

The signature Blues Got a Soul Music Masterclass will be broadcast on August 28th at 3 PM EDT. It will be conducted by a diverse panel of music industry experts and artists featuring Attorney Jonathan Mason as moderator and panelists Gaye Adegabalola, Eugene “Hideaway” Bridges, Attorney Annette Hollowell and Sean “Mack” McDonald. The program’s theme will be “From Timbuktu till Now, the Blues Will Never Die!” The discussions will range from where artist’s careers and business seem to be today through to taking a reminiscent look at Blues music’s rich and prominent influence.

The 2021 Jus’ Blues Music Awards “Night of the Living Legends” will be held August 29th at 8 PM EDT. The hosts are three unique and dynamically talented ladies whose iconic performer parents have made them soul music’s Daughters of Legacy; Keisha Jackson (daughter of Millie Jackson), Namphuyo Aisha Wright (daughter of Betty Wright) and Heather Hayes (daughter of Isaac Hayes). Streaming live on Facebook & YouTube.

JImmy at his home studio with the award to his career.



The Delmark team has been busy. New monitors, new headphones system, complete refurbishing of all our analogue vintage gear, refreshing the studio looks, new lighting. Thank you Misha, Blaise, Bismark, John & Connor for all your help!

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