In the debut episode of Exploring the Blues in Chicago, host Brett David Stewart introduces the program and its overarching endeavor: to shine a spotlight on the Windy City’s most beloved music genre. This podcast will feature a series of interviews from industry professionals, artists, and fans to craft an understanding of the past, present, and future of Chicago blues. Before delving into those interviews, however, Stewart provides some brief historical context to lay a foundation for what is to come! Four full-length episodes will follow this debut, available immediately on this podcast feed.

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 of Buddy Guy courtesy of Joel Kinison.