In this episode of Exploring the Blues in Chicago, Brett David Stewart sits down with music journalist, author, and liner note writer, Bill Dahl. He has written liner notes for hundreds of albums, even receiving a Grammy nomination for his work on Rhino’s fiftieth anniversary collection of Ray Charles’ music. Dahl has worked as a music journalist for a variety of publications, including the Chicago Tribune and Living Blues, and his most recent endeavor was a book release, The Art of the Blues. Stewart and Dahl discuss a wide spectrum of topics that span compelling anecdotes to historical analysis and much more.

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 Muddy Waters courtesy of Kevin Dooley.