Concerts

Reverend Raven to Preach the Blues Gospel at B.B. King's

Chicago-bred blues man Reverend Raven has squeezed out soulful guitar notes for the past 40 years and earned his share of blues cred. But he doesn't rely on it to impress his audiences and maintains that he's "only as good as last night's gig."

Judging by the praise sung for the Reverend and his band the Chain Smokin' Altar Boys' live shows and recordings — Buddy Guy is a fan, for instance — there's no shortage of great past performances. The band gigs relentlessly, in clubs and on the festival circuit, and just put out a new record, Shake Your Boogie. Whether you prefer to shake it in public or in the comfort of your own home, the Reverend will get it movin' with weathered mastery. Hallelujah.

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Travis Newbill