THE 7 JEWELS of the BLUES with Billy Branch & The Sons of Blues, John Primer & The Real Deal Band, Toronzo Cannon & The Chicago Way, Sheryl Youngblood Band @ Buddy Guy’s Legends, Chicago

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Buddy Guy’s Legends

    Doors: 5:00PM 
    Music at 6:00PM 

    Performances by Billy Branch & The Suns of Blues, John Primer & The Real Deal Band, Toronzo Cannon & The Chicago Way, Sheryl Youngblood Band, Chuck-A-Luck and Blue Dice, Joe Doyle & Friends. 


    New Delmark blues artist SHERYL YOUNGBLOOD’s single, EVERY DAY OF YOUR LIFE, receives rave reviews!

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    Sheryl Youngblood Releases Live Single ‘Every Day of Your Life’

    “Every Day of Your Life,” a song written by Jimmy Johnson and recorded live by Chicago blues rising star Sheryl Youngblood, is out now via Delmark Records. The tune was recorded by Sheryl and the Delmark All-Star Band during the label’s 70th anniversary celebration at Space, Evanston, IL as a tribute to Mr. Johnson.

    Sheryl is joined by Dave Specter and Mike Wheeler on guitars, Roosevelt Purifoy on Hammond B3 organ, Larry Williams on bass and Cleo Cole on drums.


     Featured Interview – Sheryl Youngblood 




    Posted by Daniel Léon | December 4, 2023 | What’s new | 0|    

    ©: Delmark Records.

    It’s only been two or three years since Sheryl Youngblood’s name appeared on the Chicago blues scene, with notable appearances at the city’s June festival, and energetic performances in well-known clubs including Rosa’s Lounge, Blue Chicago and the Legends. But the singer-drummer is no beginner. Thanks to her mother who had her own band, The Royal Harmonetts, she learned singing and piano in church then formed her own group (vocal and female) as a teenager. Her talent then allowed her to be hired in 1990 within a much more renowned gospel ensemble, that of Rev. Milton Brunson and the Thompson Community Singers of Chicago, better known as The Tommies, with whom she won a Grammy Award.

    In 2012. ©: Facebook profile of Sheryl Youngblood.

    At the same time, Sheryl Youngblood, who added drums to her personal background, also performed in Chicago clubs with soul, R&B and funk artists, and more and more often with artists closer to blues including Otis. Clay, Artie “Blues Boy” White, Koko Taylor, Buddy Guy, Bobby Rush, John Primer, Maurice John Vaughn… She founded another female group in 1995, SAYYES!, with the different styles mentioned above in the repertoire. She then turned more resolutely to the blues by launching her Sheryl Youngblood Blues Band, which recorded “Stranger in My Bed” and “Live at House of Blues” in 2011 and 2014, two self-published albums that went unnoticed. And today, it is indeed a historic blues label which is preparing to give Sheryl Youngblood a chance: with a view to an album, Delmark has just released a first single, Everyday of your life , with a great cast (Delmark All Stars) composed of Dave Specter and Mike Wheeler (guitar), Roosevelt Purifoy (organ), Larry Williams (bass) and Cleo Cole (drums).

    In 2018. ©: Facebook profile of Sheryl Youngblood.

    I offer it to you below to listen to with some other musical extracts.
    – Celebrate a party tonight in 2010 (with SAYYES!).
    – At last in 2010 (with SAYYES!).
    – Stormy Monday in 2015 (with Ron Moten).
    – Kiss in 2016.
    – Down home blues in 2017.
    – Uptown funk in 2019.
    – Concert at Blue Chicago in 2021.
    – Concert at Rosa’s Lounge in 2022.
    – Every day of your life in 2023.

    In 2022. ©: Connie Carroll.

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    January 2024

    Sheryl Youngblood was a relatively new name for me, although she’s been around Chicago for quite some time, doing gospel music, and theatre, as well as a drummer backing other blues musicians. She had a couple of self-released albums in the early part of the last decade, but nothing currently available. That’s going to change this year, with a Delmark album in the works.

    In the meantime, we have a single from the upcoming album, recorded live in Chicago at the Space by Jackson Hamrick, a lively version of Jimmy Johnson’s “Every Day of Your Life.” There’s plenty of blues here, with a run time of about five and a half minutes. Youngblood has a strong, relatively deep voice that’s well-suited to this song.

    With the longer length, there’s time for killer blues guitar solos from both Dave Specter and Mike Wheeler, along with Roosevelt Purifoy adding Hammond B3 accompaniment and a steady beat maintained by Larry Williams on bass and Cleo Cole on drums.

    We don’t yet have a release date for a full album, but it can’t come soon enough. Ms. Youngblood might just be this year’s new star on the blues scene.

    CULTURA BLUES (Mexico)

    Delmark Records presents 

    Sheryl Youngblood – Every Day of Your Life

    December 31, 2023  José Luis García Fernández

    Chapter 44: Sheryl Youngblood – Every Day of Your Life (single) Photos by © José Luis García Fernández

    “Every Day of Your Life,”  a song written by Jimmy Johnson and recorded live by rising Chicago blues star Sheryl Youngblood , is now released as a digital single by Delmark Records.

    The tune was recorded by Sheryl and the Delmark All-Star Band during the label’s 70th anniversary celebration in concert at the Space in Evanston, IL on September 20, 2023, as a tribute to Mr. Johnson. Sheryl on vocals was joined by the Delmark All-Star Band with Dave Specter and Mike Wheeler on guitars; Roosevelt Purifoy on Hammond B3 organ; Larry Williams on bass; and Cleo Cole on drums.

    Sheryl Youngblood: Delmark Artist 

    Growing up in a musically inclined family, her mother had her own girl group “ The Royal Harmonettes ”; In addition, she was a pianist and vocalist in the church, therefore Sheryl was born into music. Sheryl began singing and playing various instruments in church in her teens. She formed her own girl group at her church (Mt. Zion Baptist Church) called “Sisters” in which she wrote several of her songs and she also wrote for the National Baptist State Convention (unfortunately those songs were not were recorded).

    Shortly after, she auditioned and was immediately accepted into the world-renowned gospel group “ Rev. Milton Brunson and The Thompson Community Singers of Chicago ,” affectionately called “ The Tommies .” While she sang with them, the group became Grammy and Stella award winners. During that time, Sheryl began playing drums and singing with various artists such as: Otis Clay, Artie “Blues Boy” White, Bobby “Slim” James, KoKo Taylor and “The KoKo Taylor Blues Foundation”, Nellie “Tiger” Travis, Willie Rogers, Billy Shelton, “Darious Brooks,” Hall of Fame group “The Spaniels,” Jennifer Hudson, Yolanda Adams, Daryl Coley, LeAnn Faine and Stormy Weather .

    She has opened for artists such as: The Whispers, Buddy Guy, Lakeside, Chante Moore, Reheem De’Vaughn, Kindred The Family Soul, Denise LaSalle, Bobby Rush, John Primer, Maurice John Vaughn and the list goes on. In 1995, Sheryl formed the group “ SAYYES!” , an all-female band, also known as Ultimately Blessed or “ UB .” This group performed in many different places and organized annual benefit concerts for SWWR (Battered and Abused Women and Children Facility) cancer; sickle cell anemia; Diabetes; Prostate Cancer and more. The band continues to play a variety of music, in different venues and for a variety of events! (

    Sheryl founded her own blues band, The Sheryl Youngblood Blues Band in 2013. She is a powerful vocalist, drummer, songwriter, bandleader and entertainer, working regularly and traveling a lot. He performs regularly at venues such as the world famous Blue Chicago , at Buddy Guy’s Legends, Rosa’s Lounge, House of Blues Main Stage, Crossroads Stage and Foundation Room, Kingston Mines, BLUES on Halsted, Taste of Chicago, Taste of East Chicago, Blue Chip Casino, Majestic Star Casino, Hardrock Casino MWI, Muckleshoot Casino Seattle Washington, Ameristar Casino Jackson Mississippi, Country Club Hills Theatre, Blues On White Edmonton Canada, Blues Can Calgary Canada ; and in many more venues, keeping the audience engaged and energized with her sensational performance.

    A member of the Chicago Blues Hall of Fame since 2015, Sheryl also sings and occasionally performs with the world-renowned group Mississippi Heat .


    Delmark Singles ~ ~ Mike Wheeler and Sheryl Youngblood


    JAN 24, 2024

    Trying to get caught up on all the great CDs and downloads that came across my desk during the holidays. I’m afraid I came down with “goofoffitis” and didn’t get much done. Oh well, chalk it down to learning what not to do for next year. All I can say is Santa Blues was very busy spreading blues music far and wide.

    There are two Delmark singles that slipped past me during this time, and I want to correct that mistake right now. The first is a live recording of Mike Wheeler taking on John Lee Hooker’s Serves Me Right To Suffer. This one has been covered by a lot of different artists, but Wheeler has found a way to keep it alive and fresh. A couple of reasons for that are stellar guitar work by Dave Specter and some amazing keyboards provided by Roosevelt Purifoy.

    Whoever named the backing musicians the “Delmark All-Star Band” Certainly knew what they were talking about as this is one of the tightest groups I’ve heard in a long time. Wheeler was also on guitar, Larry Williams played bass, and Cleo Cole was on drums. The two of them gave Wheeler such a deep pocket for his vocals that it was a pleasure to hear him sing. The entire performance was recorded during the label’s 70th anniversary celebration.

    It had to be a helluva show.

    Wheeler’s voice is versatile and emotive and gives a great performance. Check this one out on your streaming services and hope that Delmark will put out a full album with these performances.

    The second single is Sheryl Youngblood performing Every Day of Your Life, which was also recorded at Delmark’s 70th anniversary celebration. The same instrumental lineup delivered fabulous backing with Wheeler and Specter trading breaks and Purifoy adding his touches to the song.

    Both songs were dedicated to the memory of Jimmy Johnson.

    Both of these singles belong in any Chicago style blues lover’s collection. And take to heart the message that you should live every day of your life ’cause one day it will come to pass.

    Until then, listen to great music. Like these two singles!


    New Delmark Records Singles Available For Download

    New dynamic singles for Sheryl Youngblood (“Every Day Of Your Life”) and Mike Wheeler (“Serves Me Right To Suffer”) are now available at the Delmark Records web site (link below). 

    As many of you know, Delmark Records celebrated its 70th anniversary last year in 2023, with multiple tribute shows with the Delmark All-Stars, including a very special show that was recorded live at SPACE in Evanston on September 20, 2023. 

    These two songs were from that memorable evening, and both are heartfelt tributes to the late, great Chicago legendary blues hero, Jimmy Johnson, who passed away in 2022. 

    You want these in your music collection!

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    “Every Day of Your Life”, a song written by Jimmy Johnson and recorded live by Chicago blues rising star Sheryl Youngblood, is out now as a digital single by Delmark Records. The tune was recorded by Sheryl and the Delmark All-Star Band during the label’s 70th anniversary celebration at Space, Evanston, IL as a tribute to Mr. Johnson.
    Sheryl is joined by Dave Specter and Mike Wheeler on guitars, Roosevelt Purifoy on Hammond B3 organ, Larry Williams on bass and Cleo Cole on drums.
    The single drops Monday, December 3rd, in advance of Sheryl’s appearance with the Delmark Blues All-Stars during their holiday showcase at Thalia Hall on December 20th.

    BLUES VAN (Hungary)

    Sheryl Youngblood – single in memory of Jimmy Johnson2023-12-06 | news

    Sheryl Youngblood, the rising star of Chicago blues, is coming with a single called Every Day Of Your Life . Jimmy Johnson’s song was recorded at Delmark Records’ seventieth anniversary celebration in Evanston, Illinois. Sheryl was accompanied by the Delmark All-Star Band, Dave Specter (guitar), Mike Wheeler (guitar), Roosevelt Purifoy (Hammond B3 organ), Larry Williams (bass) and Cleo Cole (drums). The single paying tribute to the legendary guitarist will be released on December 20, 2023 by Delmark Records.

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    Sheryl Youngblood (USA)
    “Every Day Of Your Life” – November 2023

    From the upcoming album “Every Day Of Your Life”

    Label : Delmark Records

    Sheryl Youngblood – vocals
    Dave Specter – guitar
    Mike Wheeler – guitar
    Roosvelt Purifoy – hammond B3 organ
    Larry Williams – bass
    Cleo Cole – drums


    Delmark Records 70th Anniversary

    5 FEBRUARY 2024 by 


    Sheryl Youngblood & The Delmark All-Stars – Every Day Of Life (Single)

    Mike Wheeler & The Delmark All-Stars – Serves Me Right To Suffer (Single)

    Delmark Catalog

    Delmark Catalog

    Bob Koester (from Wichita, Kansas), has been passionate about music, especially jazz, since he was a child, listening to it on the radio. Already as a teenager he began buying records and later seeing concerts in Kansas City clubs. In 1953 he moved to St. Louis to study at college. It is in this city that the twenty-year-old Koester, increasingly motivated, begins to lay the foundations for what will become his historic activities, all linked by a common denominator, the deep passion for black American music. In St. Louis, he began selling records in his dorm, frequented jazz clubs, made acquaintances, including a certain Ron Fister, with whom he opened a record store, K&F Sales, later changed to Blue Note Records Shop . The alliance between the two has little life, Bob Koester continues the business by settling in another shop located on the corner of Delmar Street, where he also takes his first steps as a record producer, recording a local jazz group, the Windy City Six, publishing it under the imprint, Delmar. He also has skills as a talent scout, finding bluesmen who live in St. Louis such as Speckled Red, JD Short, Big Joe Williams. In 1958 he moved to Chicago, a city that had become the capital of African-American musical culture, due to a concentration of stylistic situations, from gospel to blues, from jazz to doo-wop, from rock’n’roll, to soul and r&b; of record labels, Chess, Cobra, Vee-Jay, Delmark of course, plus some more home-based realities; and clubs, many, from the north side to the west side, to the south side. Koester purchased Seymour’s Jazz Mart, immediately changing the name to Jazz Record Mart, adding the K to the Delmar name and establishing the label’s headquarters in the basement of the record store. Throughout his long activity, he has always been an observant person of his passion between jazz and blues, publishing immovable recording pearls in the history, not only of black music. Citing some of them becomes embarrassing to the detriment of others, but…Hoodoo Man Blues, by harmonica player Junior Wells, with Buddy Guy guitar, Jack Myers bass, Bill Warren drums, and…West ​​Side Soul, by Magic Sam, remain two very precious pearls! Well past the threshold of eighty years, in 2018 Koester retired to private life, which unfortunately lasted only three years having passed away in 2021, selling the Delmark brand to Julia A Miller (President/CEO) and Elbio Barilari (Artistic Director) . The two partners continue to keep a piece of music history alive, and while waiting for interesting news, last year they celebrated the seventieth anniversary of the oldest independent record label, with an anthology composed of blues performed by: Junior Wells and Buddy Guy, Magic Sam, Otis Rush, Dinah Washington, T-Bone Walker, Little Walter and Muddy Waters, Memphis Slim, Jimmy Johnson; and a concert held in September last year at the Space in Evanston (Illinois), from where these two singles were also taken,

    Respecting the issue dates, we start from a new addition to the Delmark house, Sheryl Youngblood, sings, plays the drums and keyboards, all learned in the family, her mother was a gospel singer and played the piano, while her brother played the drums. A child prodigy, therefore, who grew up with sacred music until at a young age she formed the first all-female band and broadened her musical vision towards the blues, passing from an experience with doo-wop with the Chicagoans, The Spaniels, to then form a new female rhythm & blues and funk group. While waiting for a whole album, here is a live performance with, Every Day Of Life, by the highly esteemed bluesman, Jimmy Johnson (he was also a Delmark artist), where we can listen to all the interpretative energy of Sheryl Youngblood.

    The second single is from Chicago born, raised and based bluesman Mike Wheeler. He has three albums under his belt, two of which for Delmark, but he has always played the guitar more for others in albums and concerts, for blueswoman, bluesman, and various groups, and the confirmation is that he is also part of the All-Stars , who accompanied Youngblood, together with the other guitarist, Dave SpecterRoosevelt Purifoy Hammond, Larry Williams bass, Cleo Cole drums. The same musicians are also alongside a convincing Mike Wheeler, now in the role of leader, in the revisitation, in full Chicago blues climate, of, Serves Me Right To Suffer, by John Lee Hooker, taken up among many also by Jimmy Johnson, deceased on January 31, 2022. These two singles are a tribute to him. We wish Delmark another long life!

    Silvano Brambilla

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