Thursday, October 26, 2006

Hubert Sumlin - Live blues at Delta Fish market in Chicago

Here is an interesting video featuring among others Hubert Sumlin from YouTube. Check out the notes for full details.

Notes from YouTube;

The Delta Fish Market on Chicago's West Side was the site of live blues from the late 1970s until it closed in the mid 1990s. Owned by Oliver Davis (who was himself a fine guitarist in the Elmore James style), the market imported live catfish from Mississippi on a weekly basis, selling it to the many former Mississippians who'd relocated to the area.

On weekends in the warm months there were free, informal live blues sessions that started in the afternoon and went on until late at night on a stage set up in the large parking lot, often drawing an audience of hundreds of people from the surrounding neighborhood.

Most of the major names in Chicago blues played there over the years, mainly just for the fun of playing. This clip is from the film "Hubert Sumlin - Living The Blues", and features Hubert Sumlin, Eddie Taylor, Jimmy Rogers, Sam Lay and others. The harp player may be Bill Hickey. Also seen in the crowd are Otis "Big Smokey" Smothers and Abe "Little Smokey" Smothers.

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