John Primer and the Real Deal Blues Band

John Primer and the Real Deal Blues Band

 Chicago, Illinois, USA

Electric, Chicago, traditional blues with sounds from all the legends that have come before, Muddy Waters, Elmore James, Jimmy Reed, and Howlin Wolf. Respecting the past - Raw, electric slide guitar and soulful, R&B vocals - experience the "REAL DEAL BLUES" of this century!


As the title of his critically acclaimed Atlantic Record CD suggests, Grammy Award and Handy Award Nominee, John Primer is truly "The Real Deal". At eight years old, John borrowed his first guitar and started to strum. With the sounds of Jimmy Reed, Muddy Waters, Elmore James, Howlin Wolf, Freddie, Albert and B.B. King, reverberating through his Grandmother Laura Nell's tube radio, John was instantly hooked. He was fascinated with Blues music and set forth a life long mission of becoming a musical force. As a sharecroppers grandson, he saw a way out of working in the hot Mississippi fields. He felt a calling deep down in his soul. Early inspiration came from field songs, spirituals and his families baptist church. John started singing in the church, and playing at fish fry's and house parties around his hometown of Camden, Mississippi. At the age of eighteen, feeling restless and in search of further audiences and experiences, John answered the calling in his soul and followed the path of his mentors and migrated to Chicago in the fall of 1963. He quickly found work in the era when modern Electric Blues and the Chicago West and South Side sounds were first taking shape. Forming his first band The Maintainers in 1964, John and his old Harmony guitar rocked such West Side clubs as The Place, The Bow Tie, and Lover's Lounge. By 1968 John had left The Maintainers when the opportunity arouse to front the Soul and R&B group The Brotherhood. Jamming late into the night and practicing by day, John was forming his own unique style and expanding his repertoire. John's success would lead him in 1974 to replace John Watkins in the house band at the world famous Theresa's Lounge on the South Side of Chicago. Over the course of the next five years. John would play with Blues originators such as Sammy Lawhorn, Junior Wells, Buddy Guy, Smokey Smothers, Lonnie Brooks and a host of other innovators sculpting the sound of the Chicago Blues scene.
It was during this part in John's career that quite a few people were taking notice of this outstanding performer. In 1979, master songwriter and bassist Willie Dixon persuaded him to join his band, The Chicago All Stars. Traveling through the U.S., South America and Europe, John developed his skills as a rhythm guitarist, a lead slide player, and a powerful singer. Another Blues master who believed in John was none other than the "Hoochie Coochie Man" himself, Muddy Waters. Muddy recruited John not only as a guitarist, but also as an opening act and band leader. As he did with so many other great musicians, Muddy served as a father to John, instilling in him an unrelenting passion for the music that gave birth to Rock and Roll. John stayed loyal to Muddy until his untimely death in 1983.
Fresh off the heels of his success with the Muddy Waters Band, John signed on with the legendary Magic Slim. For the next fourteen years, he toured with Magic Slim & The Teardrops, bringing tight, house rocking, Blues to every corner of the planet. But John's days as a sideman were numbered, and in 1995 the veteran Blues man released his major label debut "The Real Deal". He has since toured extensively in support of his 10 solo albums to date. With John Primer's strong traditionalist Blues phrasing and songwriter, his catalog of songs is endless and his sound is unforgettable. John Primer & The Real Deal Blues Band continue to electrify audiences at clubs and festivals, and remain a driving force in the world of Blues music today.


JOHN PRIMER - ALL ORIGINAL: Blues House Productions 2008
BLUE STEEL: Wolf Records. 2003
KNOCKING AT YOUR DOOR: Telarc Records. 1999
VOL. 53 IT'S A BLUES LIFE: Wolf Records. 1999
KEEP ON LOVIN' THE BLUES: Code Blue/Atlantic Records. 1996
THE REAL DEAL: Code Blue/Atlantic Records. 1995
STUFF YOU GOTTA WATCH: Earwig Music Company, Inc. 1991
POOR MAN BLUES: Wolf Records. Recorded on April 18, 1991

Set List

I'm Worried (Elmore James)
Walking Blues (Robert Johnson)
You Belong To Me (Magic Sam)
Steal My Kisses (Ben Harper)
Fine Little Mama (Elmore James)
C.O.D. (John Mayall)
I Held My Baby Last Night (Elmore James)
Somebody Have Mercy (L.C. Cook)
Got My Mojo Working (Big Mama Thorton).
Red House
Sweet Home Chicago
Thrill is Gone
Hard To Handle
Howlin at the Moon
Mustang Sally
Operator Blues
Red Rooster
Sad, Sad Day (Muddy Waters)
Mojo Hand (John Primer)
Cairo (James "Son" Thomas)
I'm Worried (Elmore James)