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Artist   J.B. Ritchie


Publication   Chicago Blues Beat   
Date  Friday, January 25th, 2008  
Auther   Lordy
     I am in Harlem Avenue Lounge

Friday, January 25, 2008 For as often as I am in Harlem Avenue Lounge, and as often as J.B. Ritchie has performed there, we have never crossed paths. I am truly embarrassed to say that I never made a special effort because of a false notion I had. For whatever reason, I thought J.B. Ritchie Power Blues meant bluesy rock and roll, or SRV covers. I like bluesy rock and roll and I love the only original SRV but I always chose another gig. Do I have egg on my face or what? Listen to some of the set list. Help Me, Killing Floor, Give Me Back My Wig, Hi Heel Sneakers, Shake Your Money Maker, Hush Hush, and many more sounded great, and not one SRV cover. Power Blues is a power trio for sure. J.B. Ritchie is a singer, songwriter, slide and guitar player. The bass was handled by Frank Bandy and the drums by Kenosha Wisconsin’s Bobby Humes. The rigs were sparse but the sound was full and powerful blues. J.B. said he started getting worried about bringing out his ’57 Tele, so he made his own. Both the regular guitar and the open G slide guitar carried the J.B. Ritchie moniker. J.B. filled the Harlem Avenue Lounge with his own fan base, which now includes me. He played one of his own tunes about seeing a dentist in the morning, and I was one of the few people in the crowd who didn’t know it, but everybody including me enjoyed it. Actually I enjoyed every single song. Did I mention Bob Dylan’s Highway 61, or John Lee Hooker’s Boom Boom, Rock Me Baby or Muddy’s She’s Nineteen Years Old? Don’t make the same mistake I made. When this band comes around, get out and enjoy them. Just do the math. At Harlem Avenue Lounge, the cover is only $6 for three sets of music. That works out to about $2 per set or 20 cents per song! Compare that to a juke box. Not to mention that this is live, in person energy that is never ever captured exactly on a recording.


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