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JERRY LAWSON

JUST A MORTAL MAN

The ‘Jerry Lawson Legacy Project,’ an exclusive series for Blues America, explores the history of Jerry Lawson and the legendary Persuasions in chronological order as explained in a biographical commentary by Jerry and Julie Lawson with special guests.

Jerry Lawson is arguably one of the most important figures in the genre of a’cappella (singing without the use of instrumental accompaniment). For more then 40 years, Lawson was the lead singer, producer, arranger and founding member of the Persuasions, the most famous a’cappella group to date, and the only performers of their genre to earn worldwide mainstream success. Jerry Lawson and the Persuasions have undoubtedly done more to popularize a’capella then anyone else before or since. Lawson launched a solo career in 2004 soon after releasing an album with Talk of the Town and appearing on CBS's the Sing-Off. At the age of 71, he is releasing his first solo album on Nashville Red Beet Records, 'Just a Mortal Man.'

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KEEP THE BLUES ALIVE

87

Show 87: MAR 24 to MAR 31, 2017

Heard on this Episode

MIKE WHEELER

BRAND

New Blues

Gary Clark Jr

Honest I Do

Live North America 16

Warner Brothers

2017

 

BLUES at

The Break

Trudy Lynn

Alright Baby

I'll Sing the Bues For

Connor Ray Music

2017

WAY WAY

Back Blues

Tommy McClennan

You Can Mistreat Me

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Bluebird

1939

BLUES

Soundbite

Magic Sam

Interview

Legends of AFBF

1969

BLUES

KickOff

Mike Wheeler Band

Sweet Girl

Turn Up!!

Delmark Records

2016

MAR

2017

Mike Wheeler is regarded as one of the hardest working blues guitarist in Chicago. He cut his teeth performing with Muddy Water’s last piano player, Lovie Lee before getting gigs with the likes of Son Seals, Willie Kent, Koko Taylor, Jimmy Johnson and Big James. Now he commands his own band and released his second studio effort for Chicago’s legendary Delmark Records called “Turn Up!!” In 2014 Mike joined a legendary class of musicians after he was inducted into the Chicago Blues Hall of Fame.

 
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