Lurrie Bell @ HVAC Pub, Chicago

About Lurrie Bell: 

Lurrie Bell, known for his exceptional guitar skills and various blues styles, soulfulness and  musical maturity delivered write-ups in publications such as Rolling Stone and The New York Times. In 1977 he was a founding member of The Sons of Blues with Freddie Dixon (son of Willie) and Billy Branch. The band recorded three standout tracks for Alligator Records’ Grammy nominated Living Chicago Blues series.Bell’s record The Devil Ain’t Got No Music, released in 2012 was honored with the Prix du Blues award from the prestigious French L’Academie du Jazz for the Best Blues Recording of 2012 and the title song (written by producer Matthew Skoller) received a nomination from the Blues Foundation for song of the year. Music Award nominations as Best Guitarist and Best Traditional Male Blues Artist by the Blues Foundation, Bell has now appeared on over 50+ recordings either as leader or featured sideman. Bell’s elegant and intense guitar playing and passionate vocals have made him a favorite at clubs and festivals around the world and have earned him a reputation as one of the “leading lights” in the future of the blues.

New CD Release “Can’t Shake This Feeling” nominated for a Grammy!

Lurrie Bell named “Best Traditional Male Blues Artist’ – 2015 Blues Music Awards

Lurrie Bell has been named the 2015 “Best Traditional Male Blues  Artist’  by the Blues Foundation in Memphis. In 2014 Bell was nominated for 5 Blues Music Awards and “Blues in My…

Lurrie Bell – Can’t Shake This Feeling
Delmark DE 847
Compact Disc
Lurrie Bell returns with a new CD he’s telling people is his best. It showcases all the passion, depth, rawness, and uniqueness that keeps Lurrie at the top of many Real Deal Chicago Blues lists. His ace working band and frequent collaborator Matthew Skoller (on harp) provide the drive and the safety net while Lurrie walks the tightrope vocally and instrumentally. Motivated by his 2013 Blues Music Award for “Song Of The Year” for the title track from Blues In My Soul (Delmark 829), Lurrie had a hand in writing five of the thirteen tracks. “Driftin’”, “One Eyed Woman”, “Hold Me Tight”, “Sinner’s Prayer”, “Do You Hear”, “Born With The Blues”, “Hidden Charms” and more.

Lurrie Bell – Blues In My Soul
Delmark DE 829
Compact Disc (2013)

One of the greatest living Chicago blues guitarists, Lurrie Bell’s last two CDs have been about stretching him (successfully) to showcase the breadth as well as the magnitude of his art. However for this project he just wanted to get back to the solid foundation of Chicago-styled traditional guitar blues, done with his rare blend of reverence, involvement and individuality and framed largely by his working band. features three Lurrie Bell originals plus covers of songs recorded by Little Walter, T-Bone Walker, Jimmy Rogers, Otis Spann, Junior Wells, Big Bill Broonzy and others.

Lurrie Bell, vocals, guitar; Roosevelt Purifoy, piano, organ; Melvin Smith, bass; Willie “The Touch” Hayes, drums; and on six songs – Matthew Skoller, harmonica. Produced by Dick Shurman.

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