Still Blues: Bobby Rush
By Patrick Ortiz
-Keeping The Blues Alive
[Photo By April Brown]
Bobby Rush is an American blues, soul, and R&B singer, songwriter, and harmonica player. He infuses many musical elements including rap, blues, funk, and jazz. He was born Emmett Ellis Jr in Louisiana in 1933. In 1953 Rush moved to Chicago where he met and became friends with Muddy Waters. From there he began a blues music circuit with Etta James, Howlin Wolf, Muddy Waters, and Jimmy Reed. Rush has a very fun-spirited sound and has impressed audiences all over the world. In fact, he was the first blues musician to perform in China in 2007. He then donned the title “International Dean of the Blues.” At 83 years old, Bobby Rush shows no signs of letting up and continues recording and winning awards. In 2015, he won 2 Blues Music Awards for ‘Soul Blues Male Artist’ and ‘B.B. King Entertainer of the Year.’ This year at 83, he won his first Grammy for Best Traditional Blues Album and on May 11, 2017 he won Blues Music Award Album of the Year for “Porcupine Meat.” This is one cool guy!
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