The blues has been a constant influence in the musical landscape of America-shaping and inspiring the musical endeavors of rock ‘n’ roll greats with its distinctly fervent vocals and singular guitar riffs. The result-a timeless style of music, so pure, one gets the sense it has always been there-and always will be.
Even the most inconsequential rock ‘n’ roll names remain at the tip of our tongues for decades,but blues newcomers have to pay their dues before they can be listed with the true greats like B.B. King, Buddy Guy and Bobby “Blue” Bland, among a long list of others. Recording artist and performer Murali Coryell has recently had the opportunity to play on the same stage as Buddy Guy at his club in Chicago, an impromptu guest on stage at Coryell’s scheduled gig at Legend’s. With a strong resume of tourmates like King and Bland, the future of blues looks bright.
This Thursday, Coryell and Art Thunder will take the stage in Champaign at Jackson’s Ribs ‘n Tips Lounge, located at 116 N. First St. in Champaign. Don’t miss the urban jazz, blues, funk and soul played by these rising artists. Doors open at 8 p.m. and cover is $5.