As America became more industrialised there was a massive exodus from the poor, rural south to the bigger cities of the north. The majority of these people were blacks in search of employment and a better life. Chicago became the main destination for immigrants from the south.
The sounds of big town Chicago were reflected in the blues music being brought north, guitars and harmonicas became amplified, a full kit of drums became a necessity. Often a house piano was available, saxophone was sometimes added and the music became raw, loud and exciting.
Leonard and Phil Chess, saw the commercial potential of the ever-growing black community.
They signed the very best of local talent and very soon the names of Muddy Waters, Little Walter, Howlin’ Wolf, and a host of others, graced the Chess Records roster. Added later would be Chuck Berry and Bo Diddley as rhythm and blues morphed into rock and roll. Chess later ventured into more sophisticated blues and soul with artists such as Etta James and Billy Stewart . However, it is the brash r’n’b from the fifties and sixties for which it will always be remembered.
This show, originated by Oz Rock luminary Chris Stockley is a tribute to the incredible creation that was Chess Records. Along with his permanent Blues band BRAM, Chris is joined by very special guests including James Black, Robert Price, and Kelly Auty to celebrate the extraordinary contribution Chess made to the world of Blues Music.