In 1979, the great songwriter Willie Dixon persuaded him to join his band the Chicago Blues All-Stars. John traveled the U.S., Mexico, and Europe, trying on hats as a rhythm guitarist, lead slide player, and powerful singer. Muddy Waters heard John play and six months later Muddy recruited him not only as his guitar player and bandleader but also as an opening act. John stayed loyal to Muddy until his death in 1983.
After Muddy’s death, John signed on with the legendary Magic Slim. For the next 14 years, he toured with Magic Slim & the Teardrops as bandleader and guitarist, culminating with the Teardrops being voted repeatedly the number one blues band in the world. This unstoppable blues band invented the «Chicago lump» blues sound we know and love today.
In 1995, John ventured out on his own as a veteran bluesman and released his solo major-label debut, The Real Deal. Since that time he’s released or been recorded on over a dozen albums and toured extensively all over the world. A master storyteller and songwriter, his catalog of songs is endless. Some of the awards attached to him include two Grammy nominations and two Living Legend honors as well as a Blues Music Award for Best Traditional Blues Artist from the National Blues Foundation and many more.
Vokal og gitar: John Primer
Munnspill: Steve Bell
Bass: Dave Forte
Trommer: Lenny Media
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John with the Real Deal Blues Band at Gloucester Blues Festival
John in Lucerne with the Real Deal Blues Band