February 12, 2019 @ 7:00 pm
1103 3rd St SE Cedar Rapids
Legion Arts

You could say John Primer’s musical career was forged by the legends. As bandleader and lead guitarist for Muddy Waters, Willie Dixon, Magic Slim & The Teardrops, Primer’s virtuosity as a blues musician draws on the giants. To go even further back, he began his playing on Maxwell Street, the birthplace of Chicago blues. Before long he had taken over as bandleader at the infamous Theresa’s Lounge, where for the next seven years he played alongside Sammy Lawhorn, Junior Wells, James Cotton and others. The two-time Grammy nominated artist has since gone on to play with a who’s who of the greats, from Junior Wells and Gary Clark Jr., to Derek Trucks, Johnny Winter, The Rolling Stones and Buddy Guy. In 1995, John released his solo debut, The Real Deal. Since then he’s released or played on more than a dozen albums, while touring extensively all over the world. A master storyteller and songwriter, Primer’s catalog is endless. He’s been recognized as both a Living Legend and Best Traditional Blues Artist by the National Blues Foundation. Considering his countless contributions to the history of Chicago blues, you’d be hard-pressed to find a critic, musician or fan who’ll deny that John Primer is the real deal.