Otis Rush

By J Poet

 

Otis Rush is one of the original urban Chicago bluesmen, a contemporary of Muddy Waters and Willie Dixon, known for his screaming, high volume lead guitar lines and soulful, gospel influenced vocal style. He’s left-handed and plays guitar upside down and backwards, so to speak, but his vibrato attack and jazz influenced lead lines helped shaped the sound of Chicago blues. Although he had his first national hit, “I Can’t Quit You Baby,” in 1956, his long career has been plagued by setbacks and financial problems. He has recorded infrequently, but the albums... Read More

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