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Lurrie Bell

By the time Lurrie Bell (born December 13. 1958) was in his early twenties, he was the Next Great Hope of Chicago blues. Well steeped in the idiom via his harmonica great father Carey Bell, his Godfather Eddie C. Campbell. and a circle of well-known friends and relatives, he made his studio debut in 1977, record-ing behind his father (later issued as Heartaches And Pain, Delmark 666) and Campbell. drafted to add funk to the bass line on the title track of Eddie's King Of The Jungle album while on hand to watch his father participate. A 1978 trip to Berlin with the New Generation Of Chicago Blues pack-age and a stint with Koko Taylor gave him his first real road exposure. In 1982 he and Carey record-ed Son Of A Gun for Rooster Blues.

Life seemed full of possibilities. But what Lurrie calls "my trials" are well-known (many are chronicled in the remarkable DVD Mercurial Son and a chapter in David Whiteis' excellent book Chicago Blues: Portraits and Stories): substance abuse, living on the streets, then. as he was regaining his bearings, the loss of his twin babies a few weeks apart, his devoted lady Susan Greenberg and finally his father in 2007. I have told Lurrie more than once that he is the most inspirational person I know. It's not just that he's persevered through such a daunting barrage.

It's that he never lets his knees buckle; it's close enough for horseshoes to all sunny side up and indefatigably positive. Lurrie has held on to faith and music for sustenance. With those allies, and the love and sup-port of an impressive roster of friends and family, he has managed to rack up accolades. recognition like multiple Living Blues Artist and Guitarist Of The Year awards and a 3Arts Grant. and more raves and renown for his recent CD The Devil Ain't Got No Music (including the French 12Acadernie du Jazz Prix Du Blues Award for Best Blues Recording of 2012) and his tracks on both volumes of the highly acclaimed Chicago Blues: A Living History gather-ings (netting a Grammy nomination).

As part of the belated stabilization and renais-sance of his career, Lurrie's last two CDs (on his Aria BG label, named for his surviving daughter) have been about stretching him (successfully) to showcase the breadth as well as the magnitude of his art (and to fulfill a long-held goal of his and Susan's of recording some of the gospel on which he was raised as a church musician during his southern childhood years).

While Lurrie demon-strated convincingly how interesting his facets can be and how boldly he can meet artistic challenges, for this project he just wanted to get back to the solid foundation of Chicago-styled traditional guitar blues, done with his rare blend of reverence, in-volvement and individuality and framed largely by and picked a balanced program's worth of keepers. With a little nudging, he wrote a nicely varied three more. "24 Hour Blues" is a loping shuffle with a groove evocative of Magic Slim, recorded on the sad day of our longtime friend's passing (February 21)


Ifs not just that he's persevered through such a daunting barrage. Its that he never lets his knees buckle: it's close enough for horseshoes to all sunny side up and indefatigably positive."
-DICK SHURMAN

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Tribute To Carey Bell (CD) Lurrie Bell & The Bell Dynasty: Tribute To Carey Bell (CD) Art-Nr.: CDDE855

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(Delmark) 12 tracks. With special guests Charlie Musselwhite and Billy Branch. It’s almost 50 years since blues harpmaster Carey Bell released his debut album on Delmark Records. Carey’s children followed him into blues and performed...
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Blues Caravan, Live At Pit In 1982 (CD) Lurrie Bell: Blues Caravan, Live At Pit In 1982 (CD) Art-Nr.: CDPCD20201

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Japanese import. Re-issue of the outstanding LP record, superb live recording, made at a time, when Lurrie was stepping out of the shadow of his father, Carey. Soulful guitar playing, mellow and elegant, backing supplied by a fine...
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Can't Shake This Feeling (CD) Lurrie Bell: Can't Shake This Feeling (CD) Art-Nr.: CDDE847

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(2016/Delmark) 13 tracks. Lurrie Bell returns with a new CD he’s telling people is his best. It showcases all the passion, depth, rawness and uniqueness that keeps Lurrie at the top of many Real Deal Chicago Blues lists. His ace working...
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Blues In My Soul Lurrie Bell: Blues In My Soul Art-Nr.: CDDE829

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(2013 'Delmark') 66:16/14 Produced by Dick Shurman at Delmark‘s Riverside Studios in Chicago. Lurrie Bell, born in 1958, has been a mainstay of Chicago’s colorful blues scene since emerging with the New Generation of Chicago Blues in...
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The Devil Ain't Got No Music (CD) Lurrie Bell: The Devil Ain't Got No Music (CD) Art-Nr.: CDABG2

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With this beautiful album Lurrie is taking us back into his childhood days in Alabama. From age seven to fourteen he played in several gospel music bands, before leaving Gospel music behind and moving to Chicago to play the Blues....
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Let's Talk About Love Lurrie Bell: Let's Talk About Love Art-Nr.: CDABG1

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'Let's Talk About Love' marks a change of direction in Lurrie's recording career. While previous albums where focussing on his life's dark sides, drug abuse, demons and personal tragics, he sounds positive on his new one. Producer...
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Mercurial Son - The Blues Of Lurrie Bell Lurrie Bell: Mercurial Son - The Blues Of Lurrie Bell Art-Nr.: DVDTRT103

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The son of famed bluesman Carey Bell, Lurrie was originally exalted as a musical genius until his life was derailed with bouts of mental illness, homelessness and addiction. But a chance meeting with Susan, an extraordinary young...
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Blues Had A Baby Lurrie Bell: Blues Had A Baby Art-Nr.: CDDE736

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Most tracks were recorded in '97 with a studio line-up. Lurrie's playing is soulful, emotional. His technique is unique. As a bonus some solo cuts recorded in '95 have been added. You will need time to get into this music, but it's worth...
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Kiss Of Sweet Blues Lurrie Bell: Kiss Of Sweet Blues Art-Nr.: CDDE724

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(1997 'Delmark') (62:35/15) Eine witzige Kombination, die teils unorthodoxe Spielweise des Lurrie Bell in Verbindung mit der Eleganz eines Dave Specter, der auch produziert hat. Die Dominanz Specters ist unüberhörbar, es ist schon eher...
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700 Blues Lurrie Bell: 700 Blues Art-Nr.: CDDE700

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much easier to enjoy that its predecessor. Here's a lot to discover for guitar blues fans. Recommended! LURRIE BELL - gtr/voc, KEN SAYDAK - org/pno, HARLAN TERSON - bass, KENNY SMITH - drums.
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Mercurial Son Lurrie Bell: Mercurial Son Art-Nr.: CDDE679

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This album is - simply said - unique. Westside Blues themes, and a lot of funky Bo Diddley style grooves, along with African influences and aggressive rhythm guitar patterns make this a special product. Strange lyrics often written by...
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