Personalities | Bobby Rush | Contemporary Era | Jazz & Blues

(Guitar, bass, harmonica, b. 1940)

Rush’s mix of vaudeville stage antics and soul-blues grooves has made him the king of the modern chitlin circuit. Born in Homer, Louisiana, Rush moved with his family to Chicago in 1953, already mesmerized by Muddy Waters and Louis Jordan. He emerged from the West Side blues scene in the 1960s and his career took off with 1971’s ‘Chicken Heads’, after which he spent the next two decades touring and recording. Increasing press coverage and a starring role in an episode of 2003’s Martin Scorsese Presents: The Blues series have introduced him to a wider audience.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Jazz & Blues, founding editor Howard Mandel


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