Lurrie Bell’s intense guitar playing and passionate vocals have made him a favorite at clubs and festivals around the world and have earned him a reputation as one of the “leading lights” in the future of the blues. He has appeared on over 50 recordings either as leader or featured sideman and received numerous awards and honors, including Male Blues Artist of the Year (2008, 2012) in Living Blues magazine. Son of famed blues harmonica player Carey Bell, he picked up his father’s guitar at the age of five and grew up surrounded by many Chicago blues legends. By 17, he was playing on stage with Willie Dixon. In 1977, he was a founding member of The Sons of Blues with Freddie Dixon and Billy Branch and a year later joined Koko Taylor’s band. With his father he toured and made recordings, including the 2004 Alligator release Second Nature, which was nominated for a W.C. Handy Award. In this program he will be joined by his band and include selections from his acclaimed Delmark albums, Blues in My Soul and the recent Grammy-nominated Can’t Shake This Feeling.
“mercurial imagination, hyperkinetic energy, and dazzling technical dexterity.”
“If there is a Chicago blues child who perhaps epitomizes the blues life, it’s Lurrie Bell…the premier guitarist in the Windy City.” –Boston Blues News
Made possible in part with public funding provided by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State legislature.