Lurrie Bell - a Blues Master - At His Best
Lurrie lead a most wonderful 60th Birthday Party Evening at B.L.U.E.S in Chicago on December 13th, 2018. Though his voice wasn't there, due to a bad cold, the music and atmosphere was most enjoyable. He played the beginning of the first set and then invited Smilin' Bobby to take over, while he played rhythm guitar in the background. His band of last week also had Roosevelt "The Mad Hatter" Purifoy on the keyboard. Purifoy added nicely to the group.
Lurrie began the second set strongly, playing some wonderful music. He tried to sing (again), but obviously was limited by his sore throat. Dan Carelli sat in while Lurrie rested, playing most capably both on Lurrie's guitar and singing. I would enjoy hearing him play for an entire evening.
Then it was time for singing Happy Birthday and bringing out the cake and cupcakes.
Lurrie gave way again to Smillin Bobby and we left, after a most enjoyable evening. It was nice to see Dick Schurman and Rick Kreyer and to meet the editor of Chicago Blues News.