John Primer

Saturday, November 23 / 6:00 p.m. & 11:30 p.m.
Chicago Blues Legend
Crossroads at the DoubleTree

John Primer has undisputedly helped build the sound and style of Chicago blues as we know it today.

The echoes of tradition bellowing from the birthplaces he played such as Maxwell Street, Theresa’s, Checkerboard and Rosa’s Lounge pulse from every chord in his fingers today.

As the bandleader and lead guitarist for Muddy Waters, Willie Dixon and Magic Slim & The Teardrops, John Primer’s virtuosity as a blues musician was forged by legends.

Primer started playing on Maxwell Street, the birthplace of Chicago blues, and soon became the house bandleader at the famous Theresa’s Lounge for seven years alongside Sammy Lawhorn, Junior Wells, James Cotton and others.

Having played or recorded with a who’s who of blues greats including Gary Clark Jr., Derek Trucks, Johnny Winter and Buddy Guy to name a few,  Primer’s personal accolades, including Lifetime Achievement Awards, reflect his countless contributions to the history of the blues.

Primer also has performed with The Rolling Stones, Pearl Jam, Chuck Berry, John Lee Hooker, Ray Charles, James Brown and B.B. King.

In 2016, Primer won a Blues Music Award as the Traditional Blues Male Artist of the Year.

The depth of history and tradition that runs in Primer’s blood from decades of master blues classes he took from all the Blues Godfathers builds his music catalog and unique style.

Primer is still at the top of his game. With his strong traditionalist blues phrasing, seasoned rhythm and blues vocals and lightning-fast slide guitar techniques, few artists can match him. And none have his vast, real deal, blues history.

Indeed, you can’t paint the blues without the Primer.