Los Angeles Times

Chasing those Chicago blues

CHICAGO - "Dancing Aloud," a sign said. On stage, guitarist Corey Dennison, 43, white and well tattooed, had just opened an instrumental conversation with a grandfatherly figure in a White Sox cap.

"This is my old man, Mr. Carl Weathersby," Dennison told the crowd. "He taught me everything I know about the blues."

Weathersby, 65, and African-American, nodded. The notes rose, fell and tangled like family voices around a dinner table. The players, related only by a passion for music, grinned and winced the way soloists do.

In the audience 100 blues lovers roared, clapped, drank and chattered in three or four languages.

This was Kingston Mines, the oldest, biggest club of its kind in Chicago, on a recent Monday night. Like the rest of the international audience, I was here to listen to an embattled American sound - Chicago-style electric blues, born in the mid-20th century as African-American families moved north from the Mississippi Delta.

In that migration, legions of country blues musicians traded their acoustic guitars for electrics, started playing their

You're reading a preview, sign up to read more.

More from Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times3 min readSociety
Prosecutors Fined In Sexual Abuse Case Against La Luz Del Mundo Leader And Two Followers
LOS ANGELES - A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge held state prosecutors in contempt Thursday for not turning evidence over in the sexual abuse case against the leader of La Luz Del Mundo and two of his followers. Judge Teresa Sullivan fined De
Los Angeles Times4 min readScience
Ocean Robots Take The Pulse Of Our Planet By Measuring Microbes
It looks like a trashcan bobbing in the waters off the California coast. But it's hardly garbage. In fact, it may play a key role in monitoring the health of our oceans. The vital signs? The health of the seas' smallest residents - phytoplankton. Fro
Los Angeles Times5 min read
Michael Hiltzik: Can Trump Legally Revoke California's Clean Air Waiver? Short Answer: Probably Not.
President Trump's latest attempt to stick his thumb in California's eye - the revocation of the state's treasured authority to set its own auto emissions rules - rests on very shaky legal ground, experts say. At the very least, the move to revoke the