CHICAGO BLUES FESTIVAL

The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events will present a performer with a disability as part of the 2015 Blues Festival. Clarence Carter will play from 7:05-8:05pm, on the Petrillo Stage at the Blues Festival.

Singer Clarence Carter exemplifies the gritty, earthy sound of Muscle Shoals R&B, fusing the devastating poignancy of the blues with a wicked, lascivious wit to create deeply soulful music rooted in the American South of the past and the present. Born January 14, 1936, in Montgomery, AL, Carter was blind from birth. He immediately gravitated to music, teaching himself guitar by listening to the blues classics of John Lee Hooker, Lightnin’ Hopkins, and Jimmy Reed. He majored in music at Alabama State University, learning to transcribe charts and arrangements in Braille.