Playing the blues at the Barber Shop Show

Playing the blues at the Barber Shop Show
Photo by kevin dooley/flickr.

Ain’t no blues like the blues played live, on air, from a barber shop on the West Side. Last week, the Barber Shop Show brought you just that. Rick Stone from the Black Ensemble Theater came to the shop with guitar player Oscar “Joose” Brown Jr. Stone plays the lead in the theater company’s production of “Ain’t No Crying the Blues: In the Memory of Howlin Wolf,” about the legendary blues musician.

We were also joined by Billy Branch, a Chicago blues artist and founder of the Blues In The Schools program, which teaches students about the music art form. Chicago is known as the World Capital of the Blues, and Branch hopes to continue the tradition. Howlin’ Wolf is part of the curriculum.

Watch the video, by Tyler Stabile, below:

And hear the entire show:

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