Wednesday, September 12, 2012

"I Couldn't Do No Yodelin'...So I Turned to Howlin'."

"A Robert Johnson may have possessed more lyircal insight, a Muddy Waters more dignity, and a B.B. King certainly more technical expertise, but no one could match him for the singular ability to rock the house down to the foundation while simultaneously scaring its patrons out of their wits." -Cub Koda,

Ranked amongst the best of the Chicago bluesmen, Chester Arthur Burnett, better known as Howlin' Wolf, possessed a loud, booming voice that could both rev you up and give you the shivers. The Wolf began his long trek down the music corridors after meeting blues legend Charley Patton who was playing a local juke joint near the Wolf's childhood home.  Patton taught him his first few songs and by the time he was in his 20's he was playing solo shows across the south. After being simultaneously signed to two record labels, he chose Chess and moved up to Chicago where he would lead a successful career that kept him howlin' into the 70's.

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