RAW Chicago Blues

Levels 2/3

Raw Chicago Blues is the primitive, powerful style that thrills players and audiences. I took the ultimate workshop, 1973-1980 playing guitar in Muddy Waters' band and thousands of my own gigs since. I’ll give you everything I have and you can use it to grease up your own music or become a master of Chicago Blues. We’ll work on many ways to play an ultimate shuffle, grooving slightly behind the beat to make your audience beg, slow deep blues styles and lead, rhythm, and slide styles and tunings, We'll work on your tone, the voice of your blues guitar. We’ll discuss how to play well with others in large and small bands. But all my workshops are driven by your interests, questions, and suggestions so that you get exactly what you want. Baby don’t you want to go?

  • 08/18/17 - 08/21/17
  • RAW Chicago Blues
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About Bob Margolin

Bob Margolin is a Blues guitarist and singer. He tours worldwide today as a bandleader or guest with both legendary and contemporary musicians. Bob played guitar in Muddy Waters’ band from 1973-’80. He delivers exciting Blues guitar and an entertaining, friendly stage presence.

In 2016, Bob won two Blues Blast Magazine Awards, one as Best Male Traditional Blues Artist, and one for his new album, “My Road.” In 2013, Bob was nominated for The Blues Foundation’s Blues Music Award for Traditional Male Blues Artist. He has won Blues Music Awards for guitar in 2008 and 2005.

Bob is a founding partner in The VizzTone Label Group, on the Board of Directors and Musical Director of The Pinetop Perkins Foundation, leads workshops worldwide in Blues Guitar. He received the 2013 Keeping the Blues Alive Award for Journalism, appreciating his 20 years writing for Blues Revue. In 2011, his eBook Steady Rollin’ was published.

Bob's instructional DVD/books on "Muddy Waters Guitar Style" and the new one on "Chicago Blues Rhythm Guitar" are published by the Hal Leonard Corp. A new book on Chicago Blues Slide Guitar is being written now. All of them are in collaborations with guitarist/educator Dave Rubin Bob’s recent CDs are:

  • “My Road” featuring Chuck Cotton and Tad Walters.
  • Blues Around The World with the Mike Sponza Band
  • Not Alone, collaborating with the late Ann Rabson, WINNER of the 2013 Blues Music Award for Acoustic Album.

At Fur Peace Ranch, Bob uses all his experience to meet, jam, socialize with and befriend the workshoppers to help them find their own Blues and collaborate to get what they want from the classes

In today’s Blues scene, Bob Margolin is carrying on the tradition with a full schedule of tours, festivals, concerts, and club appearances. For more details and depth, please visit the other links on



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