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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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Show 116: NOV 17 to NOV 23, 2017

MOJO MARK CIHLAR

NOV

2017

Mojo Mark Cihlar is a Chicago native who cut his teeth performing guitar and harmonica with some of most legendary players of his day like Kansas City Red, Big Smokey Smothers, Eddie King, and Little Arthur Duncan. After 30 years on the scene, he still performs traditional Chicago blues with the great Willie Buck, the Taildragger or a combination of his own band. In 2010, he was featured on the legendary Eddie C. Campbell’s award winning Delmark studio release. In 2016, he celebrated the release of his own project, co-produced with his brother, Grant, called Chicago Blues Party.

 
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