In this episode of Exploring the Blues in Chicago, Brett David Stewart learns what the life of a Chicago blues artist is like through two fascinating interviews. Frank Bang and Derrick Procell both discuss their trajectories through the blues community, the triumphs and tribulations that followed, the future of their genre, and much more. Frank Bang is a long-time member of the Chicago blues scene. From touring with Buddy Guy to recording his most recent album, The Blues Don’t Care, Bang has cemented himself as an integral voice in the community. Derrick Procell, another music veteran, has had his music used in some of television’s most popular shows, and more recently, he teamed up with some of Chicago’s finest blues artists to record a new record, Why I Sing The Blues.

Exploring the Blues in Chicago features music from Frank Bang & the Cook County Kings and Derrick Procell. Support independent artists like them in the Chicago blues community by buying their fantastic records and going to their shows! In addition those musicians, the podcast owes great thanks to Terri Hemmert, Bruce Iglauer, Bill Dahl, Keith Dixon, Phil Rood, and Peter Fisher. Podcast art was courtesy of Rood, and his work can be found here.

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Feature photo courtesy of Frank Bang.