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The Blues Doctors featuring Adam Gussow :: Live performance and book release party

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The Blues Doctors featuring Adam Gussow :: Live performance and book release party
Saturday, November 4, 2017 8:30 PM to 9:45 PM
Rosa's Lounge, Chicago, IL
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  • Ticket Price: $15.00 - $20.00
  • Door Time: 8:00 PM
  • Show Type: Blues
  • Restrictions: 21 & over

Book release party for Beyond the Crossroads: The Devil and the Blues Tradition

Tonight's performance is a publication party for Gussow's provocative new book, Beyond the Crossroads: The Devil and the Blues Tradition, just published by the University of North Carolina Press. Gussow, a professor at the University of Mississippi and the award-winning author of Mister Satan's Apprentice: A Blues Memoir (1998) and Seems Like Murder Here: Southern Violence and the Blues Tradition (2002), has written the first full-length study of one of the blues' enduring themes. Each chapter explores a different subject: the "devil's music" and black southern religion; the devil-figure in migrant black women's blues; the devil as a figure for the evil southern white man; the devil as a troublemaker in love relationships; and—not least!--Robert Johnson's relationship with devil-at-the-crossroads mythology. The book ends with an account of the way in which the citizens of Clarksdale, Mississippi managed to corner the crossroads franchise by erecting a guitar-topped monument at an intersection just outside of town—a location that has nothing to do with Johnson and everything to do with Mississippi state politics, including an unexpected friendship between a black state legislator and the white shop teacher who designed and built the monument.


The Blues Doctors featuring Adam Gussow:

Adam Gussow and Alan Gross, a.k.a. The Blues Doctors, are Mississippi-based blues veterans who play a mix of down-home Delta standards and urban grooves from the Clarksdale-to-Chicago axis with some New Orleans funk thrown in.  They're a two-man band with a big, bold sound:  Gussow on harmonica and drumset, Gross on guitar, with both men sharing vocals. Roosters Happy Hour (2014), their debut album, spent several months in the #1 position on Amazon's "Hot New Releases in Acoustic Blues" chart and hit #10 on the Living Blues national radio airplay chart.  Gussow is best known for his twenty-five year partnership with Mississippi-born guitarist and one-man-band Sterling "Mr. Satan" Magee as the duo Satan and Adam, a Living Blues cover story in 1996. Gross’s credits include a decade’s work with Mississippi bluesman Terry "Harmonica" Bean and stints with hill country performers R.L. Boyce, Kinney Kimbrough, Lightning Malcolm, and Eric Deaton.