Thursday, August 12, 2010

Our Band Bios- Bartsool Bob Levis Blues Band

Blues guitar aficiandos all over the world have admired the body of work that Bob Levis has created over the last 30-plus years. Recognized as one of the finest rhythm guitar players in the Chicago Blues guitar tradition, Bob's first solo recording quickly demonstrates he is equally skilled as a lead guitar player.

The high points of Bob's legacy is the work he did with Lonnie Brooks and the legendary Otis Rush. Appearances on classic recordings like Cold Day In Hell and Bayou Lightning displayed the intricate lines and sensitive support that can only come from a master craftsman.

Starting with Little Sonny Wimberly, former Muddy Waters bass player,Bob honed his skills with Sonny playing the Checkerboard Lounge,Peppers Lounge,Queen Bee’s,the Sugar Cube and other venues on the southside of Chicago.

In the mid 70s thru the mid 80s Bob recorded and toured nationally and internationally with Otis Rush and Lonnie Brooks.

Bob worked locally in the internationally famous Kingston Mines house band in Chicago for 18 years where Otis Rush tapped him once again to tour and record from 1999 thru 2001.

Bob is currently playing with Ernie & the Po’Boys and his band, The Barstool Bob Blues Band.

Recording credits..
1976 - Cold Day in Hell -Otis Rush. Delmark
1977 - Let's Talk It Over -Lonnie Brooks. Delmark
1977 - Live in Europe - Otis Rush. Evidence
1977 - Lost in the Blues - Otis Rush. Sonet-Alligator
1978 - Living Chicago Blues,Vol.2 W/Lonnie Brooks.Alligator
1979 - Bayou Lightning - Lonnie Brooks. Alligator
1981 - Turn on the Night - Lonnie Brooks. Alligator
1988 - Golden Voice of Robert Covington. Red Beans
1989 - Blues Deluxe - w/Lonnie Brooks. Alligator-WXRT
1995 - Had My Fun - Karen Carrol. Delmark
1996 - Celebration of Blues - Various Artists.
1996 - Celebration of Blues;Great Guitarists,Vol 2.
1996 - Celebration of Blues;The Great Guitarists,Vols.1-2.
1996 - Celebration of Blues; Great Singers/Chicago Blues.
1996 - Live at Blue Chicago - Johnny B.Moore. Delmark
1996 - Women of Blue Chicago - Various Artists. Delmark
1997 - Deluxe Edition - Lonnie Brooks. Alligator
1999 - Essential Blues, Vol.3..Various Artists.
2001 - Love Without Trust - The Ken Saydak Band. Delmark
2003 - Martin Scorsese Presents The Blues; God Fathers and Sons w/ Otis Rush.
2003 - Delmark--50 Years of Jazz and Blues.
2005 - All Your Love I Miss Loving, Live at Wise Fools Pub. Otis Rush. Delmark
2006 - Troubles, Troubles; The Sonet Blues Story W/Otis Rush.
2008 - Barstool Blues

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