Various Artists

Chicago Down Home Blues, Vol. 1

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Chicago Down Home Blues, Vol. 1 is a collection of down and dirty blues from one of the genre's hotbed's, Chicago. Although most of the artists associated with this style are actually missing from the compilation, what they have instead is equally as good. The performances are quite gritty and heartfelt; artists like Othum Brown have booming, expressive voices that compliment their sad, wistful lyrics. The only problem with the album is the poor sound quality, which reflects the recording limitations that these artists experienced, but also detracts from the overall sound. Still, anyone looking to see what the Chicago blues scene held outside of Buddy Guy and Howlin' Wolf should give this a listen, as there is some quality material to be found.

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