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Blues Stories, Legends, and Characters
April 13, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm$10
INSTRUCTOR: Bill “Slim” McCulloch
Author Bill McCulloch, who has performed for decades as his musical alter ego, Windy City Slim, will trace the evolution of the blues from St. Louis saloons in the 1880’s to the medicine shows of the 1900’s and the rural juke-joints of the Great Depression. He and bass player, Ken Yow, will tell stories about love, heartache, murder and hard times, and perform songs associated with Pink Anderson, Charlie Patton, Son House, Robert Johnson, and other early blues artists. Join us for a wonderful session of music, storytelling and fun, as we explore the blues!
Bill “Slim” McCulloch has had careers as a freelance writer, a journalist, and a musician. He began moonlighting as a musician in the early 1970’s while working a day job in print journalism. A Chicago native, Slim delivers the blues with stunning conviction and his performances always offer an entertaining tour, often including stories and anecdotes, through America’s musical backwaters. In 2003 he co-authored a non-fiction book about blues legend Robert Johnson. And now, at age 74, he has written his first novel, A Dandy Little Game, released in early 2016