Lurrie Bell - Blues
Lurrie Bell was born to play the blues. His father, legendary blues harmonica player Carey Bell, made sure of that, putting a guitar in his son’s hands when he was just six years old. Born in 1958, Bell spent his early childhood surrounded by Chicago blues legends such as Muddy Waters who would stop by his family home to jam. After wetting his teeth in Chicago, Bell moved to Mississippi at the age of seven to live with his grandparents. There, he was schooled in the roots of the blues, and his regular participation in church bands revealed its inseparable link to gospel music. By the age of fourteen, Bell was back in Chicago, continuing to play in church and forming his first blues band.
During his impressive career, Bell has performed and recorded with many legends, including Willie Dixon, Koko Taylor, Lovie Lee and others, and he is quickly earning his own place in the pantheon of blues icons. The Boston Blues News called him “the premier guitarist in the Windy City,” and the Chicago Reader has praised his “mercurial imagination, hyperkinetic energy and dazzling technical dexterity.” At last count, Lurrie Bell has appeared on over 50 recordings either as leader or featured sideman. The quintessential Chicago blues song, “I Feel So Good,” was included on his 2013 album Blues in My Soul on the Delmark label.