History lesson, Chicago, the blues capitol of the world. It was the 20’s, the sound found its way to the windy city, Paramount Records provided recordings, artists such as Blind Lemon Jefferson, Cow Cow Davenport and Alberta Hunter were some of the first to be heard. Then came the Great Depression, with the Checkerboard Lounge and The 708 Club the Chicago’s blues scene still remained profitable. As the 40’s swept in, so did some of the most notable and inspirational artists of all time. Electric blues was born, Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Willie Dixon and Bo Diddley to name a few. Phil and Leonard Chess were some of the first to capitalize on this new style, their label Chess Records provided the platform for such acts. 2014, the legacy continues, Chicago still manages to maintain a stronghold on its culture. It might not the birthplace of the blues, but it’s definitely its home. Nowadays, clubs like Buddy Guys Legends, Kingston Mines and Chicago Blues play to the cities rich history. Keeping to tradition, a band, Po’Boy Special pays respect to the legends that came before them, their hometown, Chicago. Inspired by the greats, emulating most, a passion, a love, a thirst, paying their dues, working hard and loving every minute of it. With a steady hand of originals and a catalogue of covers, from top to bottom they do it all. Not cause they have to, cause they want to, for you… Chicago.
A bass, a guitar and a basement, a few months later, the foundation of a band. The year was 2013, January, they took the stage for the first time. Their name, an unfitting Mojo Walker. The spotlight, three females, a unique look and an unpolished sound. In May, the same year, the group decided on a new name, something much more fitting, Bittersweet & The B-sides. A genre undecided, dabbling with Blues, Rock, Jazz and Pop, a small fan base then followed. The B-Sides gigged all throughout Chicago’s musical landscape. A year later, an abrupt halt, and in an unfortunate turn of events, the band took to a different direction. Rebranding yet once again, rebuilding around a male vocalist, calling themselves Po’Boy Special. Two months later, their first gig, headlining Chicago’s world famous House Of Blues. A new vision, a new focus, a new identity, an old sound, The Blues: By Po’Boy Special.
We're very proud to announce that our new line-up will be making our debut performance at the world famous House Of Blues in Chicago on July 17th. Memories are important, and this will be one we'll never forget.
It’s official! The band has taken on a new identity. First Mojo Walker then Bittersweet & The B-Sides and now Po’Boy Special. We are excited to mention that we’ve added an extremely talented vocalist by the name of Brandon James to the band. A student of voice at Columbia College, he earned his bachelor’s degree in 2009. We look very forward to working with him and taking our show back to where it belongs, the stage. Check out some of Brandons solo music on Reverb Nation as well as a live performance from the Double Door.