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These sides, recorded with four different bands (three of which contain family members) between 1989 and 1990 offer a portrait of Lurrie Bell, the awesomely talented guitarist, and the songs of Carey Bell at his best. Lurrie unfortunately fits the term "tortured artist," but in all of these sessions he was on fire, burning it up inside the band context and in his solos. This is the sound of modern Chicago blues without the slick trappings of the 21st century. Bell's writing and ability to lead a band here are unquestionable and his style, derived from and indebted to but not burdened by Buddy Guy, are in full flower. Take a listen to "Going Back to Louisiana," "Everybody Wants to Win," or "Crosscut Saw," and be blown away. It should also be noted that these sessions were actually cut for the JSP label and not licensed, as so much of their other material is.


Born: 13 December 1958 in Chicago, IL

Genre: Blues

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Lurrie Bell was born on December 13, 1958, in Chicago. His famous father, harpist Carey Bell, had him working out on guitar as a wee lad. By 1977, he was recording with his dad and playing behind a variety of established stars, tabbed by many observers at the time as a sure star on the rise. But personal problems took their toll on his great potential; Bell's recorded output and live performances were inconsistent in the '80s and early '90s. Among the highlights of Bell's discography are three tracks...
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