April 5th, 2016 | Sarah Mason, HarvestMoon
Toronzo Cannon was born not all that long ago (1968), but he’s already earned his place in the Chicago Blues scene. He has battled his way to the top of the ultra-competitive Windy City blues scene, played multiple tours of Europe, and delivered roof-raising performances around the country. He received his unofficial launch from local hero to national star in 2015 at the world-renowned Chicago Blues Festival, and today, is revered as one of Chicago’s most popular and innovative bluesmen.
And Cannon has worked hard for it. He soaked up plenty of blues growing up in Chicago’s tough South Side. But it wasn’t until he bought his first guitar at age 22 that he quickly found his true calling. He became absorbed in the sounds, styles and licks of Buddy Guy, Albert Collins, Hound Dog Taylor, B.B. King, Albert King, Freddie King, Al Green, Jimi Hendrix, J.B. Hutto, Lil’ Ed and many others. But Cannon’s raw, singing guitar is his own. Even his album debut with Alligator Records, The Chicago Way, features Cannon’s originals and his blistering guitar and soul-baring vocals. Chicago-born blues guitarist/vocalist/songwriter Toronzo Cannon is the real deal, and a passionate bluesman to boot.
And the kicker to all of this? Cannon drives a Chicago Transit Authority bus during the day and performs at night, on weekends and during vacation breaks. He arranges his schedule to gig out of town as much as possible.
Man, are we lucky he’s making the trek west. We can’t wait to hear this electrifying bluesman and his true Chicago Blues on California’s Bluesapalooza stage.
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