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April 14, 2007

Chicago Bluesman Featured at the Yardbird

Written by
cindy mcleod

Blues music live in Canada

Chicago blues guitarist Lurrie Bell rocks the Yardbird

Chicao blues guitarist and singer Lurrie Bell returns to the Yardbird stage tonight after rockin’ the Edmonton club last night in Edmonton. Bell, a W.C. Handy multiple-nominee, will be joined by Graham Guest (piano), Yuji Ihara (guitar), Dave Bridges (bass) and Jeff Lisk (drums) for the performance.

Born in 1958, the son of famed blues harmonica player Carey Bell, Lurrie Bell picked up his father’s guitar at age six and taught himself to play. He formed his first blues band while attending high school. In 1977 he was a founding member of The Sons of Blues with Freddie Dixon and Billy Branch. In 1978 Bell joined Koko Taylor’s band and stayed for several years. He continued to work with his dad as well, recording “Son Of a Gun” (Rooster Blues, 1984). Not only was Bell recognized as an exceptionally talented guitarist and musician, his knowledge of different blues styles, his soulfulness and his musical maturity delivered write-ups in Rolling Stone and The New York Times. The 1990’s brought a succession of four highly acclaimed records for Chicago’s Delmark label.

2002 saw the release of the CD “Cutting Heads” (Viper Records) and in 2004 Alligator Records released “Second Nature” an acoustic duet record with Carey Bell that was nominated for a WC Handy Award. He has also been nominated for a WC Handy Award for best guitarist this year. Lurrie 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 greatest blues guitarists working today.

for more info visit www.lurrie.com

Friday & Saturday, April 13-14
Lurrie Bell and Band
Lurrie Bell (guitar, vocal), Graham Guest (piano), Yuji Ihara (guitar), Dave Bridges (bass) Jeff Lisk (drums)
Yardbird Suite / Edmonton

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