Bluesworld https://artistforhire.webs.com/apps/photos/ Bluesworld Me and my daughter Aziza https://artistforhire.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=101897087 101897087 Junior Wells..The Godfather One of the greatest Harp players to ever pick up a harmonica. He gave me my first chromatic. https://artistforhire.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=101900086 101900086 Honeydripper and family Southside of Chicago..2009 https://artistforhire.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=101897088 101897088 Honeydripper Bluesman..Chicago Illinois https://artistforhire.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=101897089 101897089 The Kinsey Report Kenny, Donald and Ralph. https://artistforhire.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=101900088 101900088 Willie Dixon with wife Marie Willie and Marie Dixon...my friends..Legendary Blues Family https://artistforhire.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=101897090 101897090 Tools of the trade. Blues https://artistforhire.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=101898390 101898390 Unfinished blues art by Kensey Ruff Sketch for some Blues Art by KenZirrelli Kensey aka Honeydripper https://artistforhire.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=101900089 101900089 My friend..the late Jimmy Reed This is the man who introduced me to the Chicago Blues scene.. He walked me thru the door. I might be still pimpin if I hadnt met Jimmy Reed. https://artistforhire.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=101898725 101898725 Nuwki Nu and Honeydripper at the Bakery..LIVE!!! HARPJAM https://artistforhire.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=101897091 101897091 Honeydripper..Harp & Vocals BLUESMAN, ARTIST, BODY PAINTER, FILM MAKER.. https://artistforhire.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=101900323 101900323 Blues https://artistforhire.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=101897092 101897092 Blues and Body Art Kensey..The Body Painter..known not just in the USA...but Around the World.. https://artistforhire.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=101897936 101897936 Killa Ray and Honeydripper At the chicken shack..Me and Killa be having a Damn Good Time..at the GooD Times Lounge..on the corner of 56th and Damen on Sundays.. 9;pm https://artistforhire.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=101897937 101897937 Art Honeydripper As KZ..The Artist.. The Magician https://artistforhire.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=101897938 101897938 J-Lynn Body Paint by Kensey..This is J-Lynn she wrote the Body Paint Song. https://artistforhire.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=101897939 101897939 Window art The art of Kensey. https://artistforhire.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=101897940 101897940 Me and Haru On Halsted in Chicago..Outside B.L.U.E.S. me and Haru my guitar player. https://artistforhire.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=101897941 101897941 Me and Haru On Halsted in Chicago..Outside B.L.U.E.S. me and Haru my guitar player. https://artistforhire.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=101897942 101897942 Pinetop and Honeydripper..Bluesfest 09 Me and Top at the Bluesfest 2009..Chicago https://artistforhire.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=101897943 101897943 Art by Kensey Honeydripper's art work https://artistforhire.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=101897944 101897944 Honeydripper and lil Jarvis Me and my young talented nephew Jarvis. https://artistforhire.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=101897945 101897945 Bluesfest 09..at Blues Heaven Honeydripper, Dukto Ruhte, Giles, Mud, Lurrie, Corky and ________. https://artistforhire.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=129827174 129827174 HARP What is a harmonica to a blues band? I say the Harp in a blues band is like the quarterback on a championship football team. Or the dazzling highscoring pint guard on a championship basketball team. What is a Harmonica to you? https://artistforhire.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=129827175 129827175 Ricky, Honeydripper, Bob Chicago..Kingston Mines 2011 https://artistforhire.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=129827176 129827176 Harmonica What is a harmonica to a blues band? I say the Harp in a blues band is like the quarterback on a championship football team. Or the dazzling highscoring point guard on a championship basketball team. What is a Harmonica to you? https://artistforhire.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=129827177 129827177 PINETOP https://artistforhire.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=129916080 129916080 PINETOP https://artistforhire.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=129916081 129916081 STEVIE WONDER https://artistforhire.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=129916082 129916082 HOMESICK JAMES https://artistforhire.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=129916083 129916083 HONEYDRIPPER BLUES HARMONICA https://artistforhire.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=129916084 129916084 Honeydripper https://artistforhire.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=129916320 129916320 Honeydripper https://artistforhire.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=129916322 129916322 Honeydripper https://artistforhire.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=129916323 129916323 Little Walter https://artistforhire.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=129991890 129991890 Jimmy Reed https://artistforhire.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=129991891 129991891 Jimmy Reed https://artistforhire.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=129991892 129991892 Jimmy Reed https://artistforhire.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=129991893 129991893 Jimmy Reed https://artistforhire.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=129991894 129991894 Jimmy Reed https://artistforhire.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=129991895 129991895 Jimmy Reed https://artistforhire.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=129991896 129991896 Jimmy Reed https://artistforhire.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=129991897 129991897 Jimmy Reed https://artistforhire.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=129992864 129992864 Momma Reed and Jimmy Reed https://artistforhire.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=129992865 129992865 Jimmy Reed https://artistforhire.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=129992866 129992866 Jimmy Reed https://artistforhire.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=129992867 129992867 Jimmy Reed https://artistforhire.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=129992868 129992868 Killer Ray Allison https://artistforhire.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=129994886 129994886 Mr. Willie's..on Roosevelt..near 1815 club. https://artistforhire.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=129994887 129994887 Killer Ray Allison https://artistforhire.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=129994888 129994888 Mr. Willie's Barber Shop https://artistforhire.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=129994889 129994889 Lil Scottie..the Button Man https://artistforhire.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=129994890 129994890 Little Scottie the Blues Singer https://artistforhire.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=129994891 129994891 Godfather of the Blues..Junior Wells Junior Wells (December 9, 1934 ? January 15, 1998[1]), born Amos Wells Blakemore Jr.,[1] was a blues vocalist and harmonica player and recording artist based in Chicago, who was also famous for playing with Muddy Waters, Buddy Guy, Bonnie Raitt, The Rolling Stones and Van Morrison... Life and career He was possibly born in Memphis, Tennessee,[1] and raised in West Memphis, Arkansas though other sources report his birth was in West Memphis, Arkansas.[2] Initially taught by his cousin, Junior Parker, and artist Sonny Boy Williamson[disambiguation needed], Wells learned how to play the harmonica by the age of seven with surprising skill. He moved to Chicago in 1948 with his mother after her divorce and began sitting in with local musicians at house parties and taverns.[3] Wild and rebellious but needing an outlet for his talents, he began performing with The Aces (guitarist brothers Dave and Louis Myers and drummer Fred Below) and developed a more modern amplified harmonica style influenced by Little Walter.[3] He made his first recordings at age 19, when he replaced Little Walter in Muddy Waters' band and appeared on one of Waters' sessions for Chess Records in 1952. ( Born December 9,1934, Wells would likely be only 17 for a 1952 session.)[3] His first recordings as a band leader were made in the following year for States Records.[4] In the later 1950s and early 1960s he also recorded singles for Chief Records and its Profile Records subsidiary, including "Messin' with the Kid", "Come on in This House", and "It Hurts Me Too", which would remain in his repertoire throughout his career. His 1960 Profile single "Little by Little" (written by Chief owner and producer Mel London) reached #23 in the Billboard R&B chart, making it the first of two Wells' singles to enter the chart.[5] Junior Wells worked with guitarist Buddy Guy in the 1960s, and featured Guy on guitar when he recorded his first album, Hoodoo Man Blues for Delmark Records.[6][3]" Wells and Guy supported the Rolling Stones on numerous occasions in the 1970s.[6] Although his albums South Side Blues Jam (1971) and On Tap (1975) proved he had not lost his aptitude for Chicago blues, his 1980s and 1990s discs were inconsistent.[6] However, 1996's Come On in This House was an intriguing set of classic blues songs with a rotating cast of slide guitarists, among them Alvin Youngblood Hart, Corey Harris, Sonny Landreth.[6] and Derek Trucks. Wells made an appearance in the 1998 movie, Blues Brothers 2000, the sequel to The Blues Brothers.[3] The film was released less than a month after his death.[3] He had continued performing until he was diagnosed with cancer in the summer of 1997.[3] That fall, he suffered a heart attack while undergoing treatment, sending him into a coma.[3] Wells was interred in the Oak Woods Cemetery, Chicago after succumbing to lymphoma on January 15, 1998.[1] https://artistforhire.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=129997646 129997646 Junior Wells https://artistforhire.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=129997647 129997647 Junior Wells https://artistforhire.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=129997648 129997648 Junior Wells https://artistforhire.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=129997849 129997849 Junior Wells https://artistforhire.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=129997850 129997850 Junior Wells https://artistforhire.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=129997851 129997851 Junior Wells Junior Wells was born Amos Blakemore in Memphis, Tennessee on December 9, 1934. While his parents farmed in Marion, Arkansas, Junior took an early interest in music, influenced by the likes of Howlin Wolf, B.B. King and Big Walter, all in nearby Memphis. Junior had his first harmonica lesson from Junior Parker, his neighbor, and went on to teach himself how to play. He worked the streets playing for tips and moved to Chicago with his mother when he was 12 years old. A rebellious youth, Junior worked all week on a soda truck to buy a harp he had seen at the pawn shop. Upon being told it cost $2.00, Junior put down his entire week's earnings of $1.50 and ran out with the harp. When later he was asked by the judge why he had done this, Junior replied that he "just had to have it". The judge then told to Junior to play it and upon hearing Junior play, the judge gave the complainant $.50 and dismissed the case. At 14, Junior got his first professional job playing with Dave and Louis Myers at the C&T Lounge at 22nd and Prairie, in Chicago. Two years later he walked up to Muddy Waters at the Ebony Lounge and told him he could play harp. Muddy asked him if he knew his timing and Junior responded "I think so". He then stood on a coke box to reach the microphone and with a not too pleased Little Walter looking on, Junior proceeded to earn $45.00 in tips that night. He and Walter went on to become good friends and when Walter left Muddy in 1952 to go on his own, Junior took his place in Muddy's band. Junior Wells was a vocalist, instrumentalist, bandleader, composer and producer. He could blow, choke and spit into a blues harp with an inexpensive hand held public address mike and create sounds other musicians have spent years trying to imitate. His style was based on a first hand knowledge of the entire preceding generation of harp blowers, including both Sonny Boys, Little Walter, and Big Walter Horton. In 1953 and 1954 at the age of 19 and 20, Junior recorded a number of classic tunes including Hoodoo Man. He had the support of such friends as Elmore James, Muddy Waters, Willie Dixon and Otis Spann. Some of these sessions were done while Junior was AWOL from the army. In 1966 Junior recorded his first LP, Hoodoo Man Blues, one of the first blues LPs to record blues as it sounded in the bars and not a "greatest hits" record. The album is still considered one of the best blues albums ever recorded and is a must for every serious collector. In 1966 Junior teamed up with Buddy Guy and toured the entire world thrilling audiences with their dynamic brand of Chicago blues, becoming in the process, the most famous team in blues. They opened for the Rolling Stones in 1970 and recorded "Drinkin TNT 'n' Smokin' Dynamite" at the Montreaux Jazz Festival in 1974 with Bill Wyman, Pinetop Perkins, Dallas Taylor and Terry Taylor backing them up. Chosen as one of the ten best albums of the year by Billboard's editors poll, the album is considered one of the best documentations of a live blues performance. More recently, Junior toured with his very strong 8 piece band including 3 horns, and continues to thrill audiences with his showmanship. He recently joined Van Morrison for 14 shows on his American tour. In September of 1993 he celebrated the release of his first American studio album in many years, "Better Off With The Blues" on Telarc Records. His second record on Telarc, "Everybody's Gettin Some", released in March of 95 is still getting high praise. Special guests, Carlos Santana, Sonny Landreth and Bonnie Raitt all join Junior for some intense blues. Telarc recently released album #3, "Come On In This House", an album in which Junior goes back to his roots with an all acoustic album featuring 6 of the best slide guitar players in the world teaming up with Junior. The album has received widespread acclaim and was nominated for both a Grammy and a Handy Award as the best traditional blues album of the year and in fact won the Handy Award. The 1997 Living Blues Magazine's Reader's Poll selected "Come On In This House" as the best newly recorded blues album of 1996. He recently performed with Tracy Chapman on the 1997 Grammy telecast. He was also featured in the 1998 film, "Blues Brothers 2000". Junior Wells was an intense singer, blues harp genius and a consummate showman. He would take you up with searing licks and boogie and then take you "down in the alley" with gut wrenching slow blues. He would wring you dry of your emotions and leave you begging for more. He has influenced every harp player to follow him. With his ever present hat and slick style of dress he was truly one of the reigning legends of blues today. https://artistforhire.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=129997852 129997852 Bonnie & Junior https://artistforhire.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=129997853 129997853 Willie Dixon Willie Dixon has been called ?the poet laureate of the blues? and ?the father of modern Chicago blues.? He was indisputably the pre-eminent blues songwriter of his era, credited with writing more than 500 songs by the end of his life. Moreover, Dixon is a towering figure in the history and creation of Chicago blues on other fronts. While on staff at Chess Records, Dixon produced, arranged, and played bass on sessions for Chuck Berry, Muddy Waters, Howlin? Wolf, Little Walter and Sonny Boy Williamson, and others. In no small way, he served as a crucial link between the blues and rock and roll. Born in 1915 in Vicksburg, Mississippi, Dixon began rhyming, singing and writing songs in his youth. He was exposed to a variety of music - gospel, blues, country & western - which served as the seeds for the symbiotic music he would later make in Chicago. Moving to the city in 1936, he had a brief career as a boxer and then skirmished with the U.S. Army, refusing induction on the grounds he was a conscientious objector. His early forays on the Chicago music scene included stints with the Five Breezes, the Four Jumps of Jive and the Big Three Trio, all of which made records. The Big Three Trio, in particular, are noteworthy for having brought harmony singing to the blues. Dixon really found his niche at Chess, where he was allowed to develop as a recording artist, session musician, in-house songwriter and staff musician beginning in 1951. Some of the now-classic songs he wrote for others during his lengthy tenure at Chess include ?Hoochie Coochie Man,? ?I?m Ready? and ?I Just Want to Make Love For You? (Muddy Waters); ?Back Door Man,? ?Spoonful? and ?I Ain?t Superstitious? (Howlin? Wolf), ?My Babe? (Little Walter); and ?Wang Dang Doodle? (Koko Taylor). Though he didn?t write for Chuck Berry, Dixon played bass on most of his early records. For a few years in the late Fifties, he also wrote for and worked with artists on the crosstown Cobra label, including such fledgling bluesmen as Otis Rush, Buddy Guy and Magic Sam. Dixon returned to Chess in 1959, and the Sixties saw the full flowering of his talents there. In addition, to writing and producing some of his greatest works during that decade, he recorded a series of albums in a duet format with Memphis Slim on the Folkways, Verve and Battles labels. His first album as a solo artist, Willie?s Blues, appeared on the Bluesville label in 1960. In his capacity as staff producer at Chess, he wouldn?t get around to releasing a followup album under his own name until I Am the Blues appeared on Columbia Records in 1970. Albums followed from him at more regular intervals in subsequent years, culminating in the 1988 release of Hidden Charms, which won Dixon a Grammy for Best Traditional Blues Recording. In his later years, Willie Dixon became a tireless ambassador of the blues and a vocal advocate for its practitioners, founding the Blues Heaven Foundation. The organization works to preserve the blues? legacy and to secure copyrights and royalties for blues musicians who were exploited in the past. Speaking with the simple eloquence that was a hallmark of his songs, Dixon put it like this: ?The blues are the roots and the other musics are the fruits. It?s better keeping the roots alive, because it means better fruits from now on. The blues are the roots of all American music. As long as American music survives, so will the blues.? Willie Dixon published his autobiography, I Am the Blues, in 1989 ? a year after Chess Records released Willie Dixon: The Chess Box, a two-disc set that included Dixon?s greatest songs as performed by the artists who?d made them famous ? Muddy Waters, Howlin? Wolf, Little Walter, Bo Diddley, Lowell Fulson ? and Dixon himself. https://artistforhire.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=129999500 129999500 DIXON https://artistforhire.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=130000965 130000965