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Celebrating Big Bill Broonzy

Big Bill Broonzy, the guitarist, singer, and songwriter who was one of the towering figures of early Chicago blues, died in 1958, just as rock ’n’ roll was taking hold. Among British rock musicians, in particular, Broonzy’s influence loomed large over people such as Eric Clapton, Ray Davies, and Pete Townshend.

Broonzy’s legacy came into greater focus last year with “I Feel So Good: The Life and Times of Big Bill Broonzy,” author Bob Riesman’s illuminating account of his artistry. Now Riesman has taken the book on the road with a tribute show featuring Billy Boy Arnold, one of the last great blues harmonica players of his generation who first cut his teeth with Bo Diddley.

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