JOHNNY BURGIN AND BILLY FLYNN
CHICAGO BLUES GUITAR WORKSHOP
Chicago Blues Guitar Workshop was born out of the Chicago Blues Camp, which ran from 2016 through 2022.
Instructors Johnny Burgin and Billy Flynn are offering a limited registration workshop. Refine your blues playing, play rhythm and lead more confidently, and become more comfortable with with performing onstage. We’ll emphasize the ability to improvise and adapt to playing with other musicians in a jam or in a band.
Johnny and Billy are seasoned pros who are currently releasing music and touring. Better yet from a students point of view, they truly enjoy teaching and will create a supportive environment for participants to hone their skills.
photo by Bob Kieser
CLASS SIZE: limited to 15.
4121 N Rockwell, Chicago, IL, 60618.
TUESDAY JUNE 6
MORNING CLASS 10-12.30
AFTERNOON CLASS 2-5
WED JUNE 7
MORNING CLASS 10-12-30
AFTERNOON CLASS: 2-4
3056 W Irving Park Rd, 60618
6.-7.30 Student performance
along w Johnny’s band.
8-9.30 Johnny/Billy set.
THURS JUNE 8
PERFORMANCE REVIEW and recap. 10-12
6-9.30 | WED JUNE 7
6-7.30: student performances with Johnny or Billy backing as needed along with Johnny’s rhythm section of Marie Martens (bass) and Stephen Dougherty (drums).
8-9.30 Johnny Burgin, Billy Flynn set.
photo by Jeff Griffin
Johnny grew up in Starkville, Mississippi, and went to the University of Chicago at 18 but attended “blues university” in Chicago for over 25 years! Since the early 90s Johnny has toured and recorded with blues legends such as Pinetop Perkins, Sam Lay, Tail Dragger, and Billy Boy Arnold as well as ten of his own CDs. Johnny was nominated for a Blues Music Award for Best Traditional Blues Artist in ’23 and for Best Traditional Blues CD of 2017 for Howlin’ at Greaseland, a Howlin’ Wolf tribute.
Vintage Guitar praised Johnny’s “Stellar fretwork and gloriously loose, earthy and immediate Chicago blues”.
Billy Flynn won a Grammy in 2010 for his contribution to the hit movie “Cadillac Records” soundtrack, but this was no overnight success. For the last thirty years, Billy’s been a highly sought-after sideman, known for his tasty playing, versatility, and authentic playing. As a teenager in Green Bay WI, he managed to join Jimmy Dawin’s band, and from there he went on to perform with Otis Rush, Sunnyland Slim, Willie Smith, and some of the deepest originators of classic Chicago Blues. Billy has recorded with Kim Wilson, The Cash Box Kings, Mark Hummel, Willie Smith and The Legendary Blues Band, Billy Boy Arnold, Mississippi Heat, and many more. Blues Blast magazine stated: Billy is one of the best at his craft…truly a renaissance blues man.
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