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Here in the city where Muddy Waters, Willie Dixon, and Buddy Guy electrified the blues, there’s a player on the scene who’s putting a new charge in the old sounds.   And yet this talented artist and songwriter is also just another working stiff.  WGN’s Steve Sanders introduces us to Toronzo Cannon.



Alligator Records artists like Toronzo, Shemekia Copeland, and Lil’ Ed and the Blues Imperials will open this years blues fest on June 10th at Grant Park. The label will have a heavy presence all three days of this years city celebration of the blues.  We’ve compiled a few links and a behind the scenes web extra. Click the play button here to see it.

Producer Pam Grimes and Photojournalist Mike D’Angelo contributed to this report.



Toronzo Cannon’s website

Alligator Records link to Toronzo’s music