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EDDY "The Chief" CLEARWATER on 60 Years of Bluesin' It Up!

This edition of “A LOOK AT THE ARTS with Tom Lounges” originally aired on  FRIDAY, JUNE 23, 2017.   

Guest:  EDDY "The Chief" CLEARWATER

A musician of many talents, EDDY CLEARWATER has been an iconic figure in blues music world for over 60 years.   

This Alligator recording artist was inducted into the "Blues Hall of Fame" in 2016.  Born in the South, he migrated to Chicago in 1950 and honed his craft alongside many of the legendary Chicago Blues masters, including Otis Rush and Magic Sam.   

Eddy Clearwater recorded his first single in 1958 and hasn't stopped moving forward -- creating a powerful catalog of recordings for various labels, and amassing a global audience of blues fans. 

Clearwater is well known for sporting a Native American headdress on stage to honor his grandmother's Cherokee roots, which earned him the nickname of "The Chief."

Eddy performs at Central Park in Griffith on July 1 as a headliner of the  Broad Street Blues Fest. Showtime is 9:00pm  His latest album -- "SOUL FUNKY" -- captured Eddy live on stage with Ronnie Baker Brooks.     Songs from that album and other releases in Eddy's catalog are heard on today's program.

Tom Lounges has been a region radio personality and a music journalist since 1979. For the last 35-years, he has been reporting on entertainment as a weekly columnist and feature writer for The Times newspaper. He was also publisher and editor of the monthly tri-state entertainment magazine ("Midwest BEAT Magazine") for over two decades, he has written hundreds of features for numerous national glossy magazines over the decades, and he wrote "Liner Notes" for over a dozen albums release by Sony Records.