Personalities | Lurrie Bell | Contemporary Era | Jazz & Blues

(Guitar, vocals, b. 1958)

Bell grew up among Chicago legends, including his harmonica-playing father Carey Bell. The self-taught guitarist was 17 when he joined Willie Dixon’s band and 19 when he toured with Koko Taylor. He had already built a reputation for wiry, envelope-pushing improvisations when he formed Sons of Blues with Billy Branch in the mid-1970s. He has since recorded several solo albums, including 1995’s superb Mercurial Son, but his career has been interrupted periodically by homelessness and health issues.

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


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