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Live At the Big Bull

by Reverend Raven & The Chain Smokin' Altar Boys

A hot set of Chicago blues played before a large and vocal festival crowd.
Genre: Blues: Chicago Style
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1. Hot and Heavy (Live) [feat. Westside Andy]
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2. Walking to Chicago (Live) [feat. Westside Andy]
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3. You Didn't Even Say Goodbye (Live) [feat. Westside Andy]
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4. Hawaiian Boogie, #3 (Live) [feat. Benny Rickun]
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5. Diving Duck Blues (Live) [feat. Benny Rickun]
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6. Stomping and Shouting (Live) [feat. Benny Rickun]
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7. She's Nineteen Years Old (Live) [feat. Westside Andy]
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8. Chicken Heads (Live) [feat. Benny Rickun]
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9. My Life (Live) [feat. Westside Andy]
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10. Looking for Love (Live) [feat. Benny Rickun]
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Born and raised on the south side of Chicago Richard Raven first heard the blues of Louis Jordan, T-Bone Walker and Pee Wee Crayton coming from his mother's stereo. His older cousin later brought home the records of Muddy Waters, Howling Wolf, Magic Sam, Slim Harpo, Buddy Guy and Otis Rush.

After seeing Freddy King at the Kinetic Playground, he started going to Maxwell Street on Sunday afternoons to see Johnny Dollar, Lefty Dizz and Jimmie Lee Robinson play in the alleys and on the street corners.

The 1970s were spent going to the clubs and taverns on the south side of Chicago and Chicago Heights to see and hear raw urban blues.

After playing in bands for 5 years and doing a 15 year stint in U.S. Navy, where he acquired the Reverend tag, Chief Raven hung up his anchors to give music another go.

That was fifteen years ago and he hasn't looked back. Since then he has become a regular on the Mid-West blues circuit, headlining Buddy Guy's Legends, The Slippery Noodle, Memphis Smoke, Fat Fish Blue, Blues on Grand, The Zoo Bar, Whiskey Junction, 21st Saloon, and most of the Midwest blues festivals. Rev has won the Wisconsin Area Music Industry Award (WAMI) for best blues artist in 1999,2000, 2003,2004, 2006, 2010 and again in 2015. Voted Milwaukee’s Best Blues Band in 2012 and 2014 by the Shepherd Express Newspaper’s Readers Poll and nominated for a Grammy for a CD Compilation in 2007.

"Best in the Midwest" Johnny Rawls

“A formidable guitarist” Chicago Blues Guide

“Andy Linderman’s harmonica sounds like
Little Walter sitting in with Slim Harpo." Blues Access Magazine

“They are very, very good” Buddy Guy

“You guys are the real deal” Tad Robinson

"Andy Linderman is one of my very
favorite harp players. His tone and
phrasing are tops in my book." Gary Primich

“Andy blows harmonica on the virtuoso
level, with great tone and an apparently
endless stock of ideas, .” Blues Revue


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Steve Hamilton, WNRN Radio

Live at the Big Bull
"What's not to like? Rev. Raven and the boys, 10 smokin' blues tracks that never let up, recorded in front of a real blues audience. It's why we love the blues!"
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Don McCurdy/Amazon.com

Live at the Big Bull
Live blues band sound captured here with a lively performance. Tight band with plenty of
solo instrumental riffs.A real gem for blues fans.
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Kevin Beale/Channel Radio UK

Live at the Big Bull
Well , well !!!! The best album of the year has been thrown right open yet again !!! You seriously need to check out Reverend Raven & The Chain Smokin' Altar Boys - Live At The Big Bull . Just absolutely marvelous
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Steve Jones/Blues Blast Magazine

Live at the Big Bull
"Reverend Raven and the Chain Smokin' Altar Boys are the real deal. They are the hottest band in the Midwest and always put on a superb show. Their new CD is a great showcase for their high energy live shows. If you been to them you know what I'm talking about; if you've never seen them live you will want to after hearing this CD!"
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Cadillac Rob/WORT Radio

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"I played the whole CD tonight, A CD player died while doing it on the air. Powerful juju!"
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Richard Ludmerer

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Reverend Raven & The Chain Smokin’ Altar Boys

Live at The Big Bull Falls Blues Festival

Nevermore Records

Reverend Raven & The Chain Smokin’ Altar Boys just hosted the Tuesday night jam on the Legendary Rhythm and Blues Cruise. Born and raised in Chicago guitarist Reverend Richard Raven has been playing the blues since he first saw Freddie King in 1971. The Reverend has opened for B.B. King, Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown, Pinetop Perkins, Koko Taylor, Junior Wells, Magic Slim, Elvin Bishop, William Clarke, and Tommy Castro; just to name a few. The Reverend released his first album “Slow Burn” in 1998. Today he is a resident of Appleton, Wisconsin.

Reverend Raven and The Chain Smokin’ Altar Boys’ 2010 recording “Shake Your Boogie” resulted in a 2011 Blues Blast Award nomination for both “Best Blues Band” and “Best Song”. They were also voted “Best Blues Band” by The Shepherd Express Reader’s Poll in 2012 and 2014. They won the Wisconsin Music Industry (WAMI) award for “Best Blues Band” a total of seven times, the last time being in 2015.

Live at Big Bull is The Rev’s fifth album overall. Currently The Altar Boys consist of Raven, guitar and vocals; PT Pedersen SC, bass; Robert Lee Sellers Jr., drums, “Pork Chop” Danny Moore, formerly with Willie Nelson’s band, piano; and Westside Andy Linderman or Benny Rickun, harmonica. Big Al Groth guests on saxophone.

The Rev has received many accolades for his guitar playing. The band opens with the first of several songs paying tribute to those slide guitarists who have inspired him. “Hot and Heavy” is from Earl Hooker while “Hawaiian Boogie” is from Elmore James. Covered also are “Diving Duck Blues” from Sleepy John Estes and Muddy Waters’ “She’s Nineteen Years Old”.

“Chicken Heads” is from Bobby Rush. Both “Walking to Chicago” and “Stomping and Shouting” were written by Gerry Hundt also of Appleton, WI. Raven’s originals include “You Didn’t Even Say Goodbye”, “My Life” and “Looking For Love”.

Reverend Raven and The Chain Smokin’ Altar Boys are one of those bands that you never want to miss when they’re in town. This great set is just some of what you will hear at one of their live shows.

Richard Ludmerer
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Pat Graham/Blues Highway 88.1 FM, KKJZ

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"I love the album and I dig the energy"
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Chick Cavallero/Colorado Blues Society Holler

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July 31, 2016 Chick Cavallero - Colorado Blues Society Holler
Besides having one of the coolest band names around, Reverend Raven and the Chain Smoking Altar Boys have a reputation for kick a$$ live performances. This is a pile driving tribute to Chicago blues. It’s mostly covers, but when they are done as clean and powerful as the Reverend does them, it’s OK in my book. The bulk of the CD was recorded live at The Big Bull Falls Blues festival, with a couple others at Kochanski’s Concertina Beer Hall. The covers are classics: Elmore James’ “Hawaiian Boogie”, Muddy Waters’ “She’s 19 Years Old”, Bobby Rush’s “Chicken Heads”, Earl Hooker’s “Hot and Heavy” and John Estes “Diving Duck Blues”. These are tasty numbers mixed in with some admirable tunes by Gerry Hundt and a few Reverend Raven originals. Some bands are at home in a studio, playing ‘nice’, but the Reverend is at his best on a live stage with inciting a screaming crowd with his explosive style of the blues. Some live albums come out sounding ’tinny’ but Live at Big Bull realy captures the wildness of a live show. The Reverend’s guitar work is sweet and joining the Altar Boys for several number are Benny Rickun and Westside Andy Linderman, both showcasing some slick harmonica playing that really gives this Cd that 50’s Chicago blues feel to it. This is a fine CD and is up for a Blues Blast Award for best Live CD. If you aren’t familiar with Reverend Raven, this is definitely worth a listen.
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Steve Busha/Big Bull Falls Blues Festival Chairman

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"New cd sounds great"
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T-Bone Erickson

Live at the Big Bull
"Played the first two tracks. It WILL be in heavy rotation, my friend. THANKS!"
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