Thursday, February 14, 2013

Where (Blues) Legends Are Made: Howard and the White Boys Return To Buddy Guy's Legends

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            "Chicago's Hardest-Working Blues Band...For Over Two Decades!"

Howard & The White Boys Return To Buddy Guys Legends - Sun, Feb. 24
   (CHICAGO,, IL)  - One of the first venues that Howard and the White Boys were fortunate enough to perform at regularly when they first formed was Buddy Guys Legends in their hometown of Chicago. Indeed, the blues guitar master not only became the band's unofficial mentor, but also took them on a major Midwestern tour in 1995 as his opening act, followed by a special appearance on their 1999 album Made In Chicago, where he dueted with lead vocalist Howard McCullum and contributed some scorching lead licks on the Sam And Dave classic, "I Thank You" (listen to the song here:
      Howard and the White Boys return to perform at Buddy Guys Legends, 700 S. Wabash Ave., Chicago, Sunday, February 24. 9 pm. $10. Info: (312) 427-1190 or

   Known for a long time now as "Chicago's Hardest-Working Blues Band," the veteran blues quartet continue to perform through out the U.S., bringing audiences to their feet and out onto the dance floor - much as they have done for over twenty years - while getting ready to record the follow up to their critically-acclaimed most recent recording, MADE IN CHICAGO (Evidence Records).Most recently, band member Rocco Calipari has branched out with his side project Head Honchos', who have released a well-received debut CD.   

represents the zenith of the group's recorded output, and it's certainly the disc that Howard & the White Boys are most proud of. While the band hadn't recorded in six years, they've been gigging continuously throughout the U.S. and Europe; this, in turn, has lent their trademark brand of contemporary blues an indomitable tightness brimming with raw power. All of this comes through on the new disc, proving that the wait was well worth it.           
   Here's a live rendition of H&TWB's popular song "Booty And Barbeque" from the group's Spring 2012 U.S. Tour.

     The members of Howard And the White Boys first met at Northern Illinois University in Dekalb in 1988 and began jamming together just for fun, but their fast-growing popularity soon convinced them they could make a career of it. After only a few months, they got their first big break by opening for Blues legend, B.B. King. The band soon made the move to Chicago and began performing with the biggest names in Blues: Koko Taylor, Albert King, Junior Wells, Lonnie Brooks, Luther Allison, Bo Diddley, and Chuck Berry (the latter whom they were the backing band for in a headlining capacity at the 2002 Long Beach Blues Festival in Long Beach, Calif.).


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