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John Primer

Blues legend John Primer to perform at Nicolet College July 21


John Primer

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A pillar of the Chicago blues scene and one its chief architects, legendary bluesman John Primer will bring his amazing talents to Nicolet College for a special performance at 7:30 p.m., Friday, July 21.

The Rolling Stones, Muddy Waters, Buddy Guy and Magic Slim are just a few of the music icons Primer has performed and recorded with over the years.

“When we first heard we had the chance to book John Primer, we jumped at it immediately,” said Nicolet College Theatre Director Jim Nuttall. “The guy is a living legend in the music industry, especially the blues, and is sure to put on a show unlike any other we have seen in the Nicolet Theatre.”

Primer is regarded as one of music’s top guitar players and also recognized as a masterful songwriter and singer, earning two Grammy Award nominations, a Lifetime Achievement Award, and a pile of other accolades.

Moving from Mississippi to Chicago as a young man in 1963, he gravitated to the Windy City’s blues scene. In 1974, he began leading the house band at the famous Theresa’s Lounge, a mainstay on the Chicago blues scene and a regular hangout for top musicians when they were passing through town.

In 1979, the established blues legend Willie Dixon persuaded Primer to join his band the Chicago Blues All Stars, which set off on years of touring across the U.S., Europe, and Mexico.

During this time, fellow Mississippian Muddy Waters heard Primer play and recruited him to not only join his band but also serve as bandleader, a gig he held until Waters death in 1983.

He then hooked up with Magic Slim and the Teardrops, playing and touring for the next 14 years with the band lauded by many at the time as the best blues band in the world.

In the mid-1990s Primer struck out on his own, continuing to tour and producing more than a dozen albums, the latest in 2016 with John Primer & The Real Deal Bluesband Live.

Over his life, he’s played on an astounding 68 different albums and also performed with Eddie Vedder and Pearl Jam, James Brown, B.B. King, Ray Charles, John Lee Hooker, Koko Taylor, along with other celebrated musicians.

Tickets for John Primer & The Real Deal Blues Band at Nicolet are $15 and can be purchased online or by calling (715) 365-4646.

Beer and wine will be available at the event.

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