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Corey Dennison Band
Formed in 2013, The Corey Dennison Band has become a favorite attraction at Chicago blues venues, including twice-weekly appearances at Kingston Mines. Led by Corey Dennison’s soulful voice and muscular guitar, the band released its self-titled studio debut for the legendary Delmark Records in 2016 after honing 13 original songs night after night on the bandstand. Corey’s decade-long stint with Carl Weathersby and Gerry Hundt’s tenure with Nick Moss are evident on the disc but blend effortlessly into a dynamic new Chicago sound, anchored by Aaron Whittier and drummer Joel Baer. The strength of the band’s repertoire is matched only by the charisma of the stage show; it’s not uncommon to see Corey belting out the blues, unamplified, in the heart of the audience while the band steps in time to the groove. It’s not novelty for these musicians and entertainers, however, it’s exactly where they want to be.
Most blues people know the Taylor name largely because of Demetria’s late father, the fabled guitarist Eddie Taylor, who helped craft the Jimmy Reed sound in the ‘50s and ‘60s and also recorded several now-classic sides of his own. And, in fact, she has recast one of her father’s songs, “Bad Boy,” in her own image, to serve as the title track for her debut CD. Demetria was a finalist for a Blues Music Award for "Best New Artist Debut" for her Delmark album "Bad Girl", has already performed three times at the Chicago Blues Festival and guested on two Eddie Taylor Jr. CDs. Demetria is also scheduled to perform at the 2018 Chicago Blues fest on Friday June 8.
Jimmy Johnson was born in Holly Springs, Mississippi on November 25, 1928! In his younger years Jimmy played piano and sang in gospel groups. He and his family moved to Chicago in 1950, where he worked as a welder and played guitar in his spare time. He began playing professionally with Slim Willis in 1959, changing his last name to Johnson, as did his brother Syl. He played with Freddy King, Albert King, Magic Sam, Otis Rush, and Eddy Clearwater, among others. His first solo album appeared on MCM Blues Records in 1978. Delmark Records released the LPs Johnson’s Whacks in 1979 and North/South in 1982. He was an award-winner at the first Blues Music Awards, held in Memphis in November 1980.