The Chess Sessions show was originated by Oz Rock luminary Chris Stockley and is a tribute to the incredible creation that was Chess Records. Along with his permanent Blues band BRAM, Chris is joined by a glory box of Melbourne’s top singers and musicians JAMES BLACK, ROBERT PRICE and KELLY AUTY to celebrate the extraordinary contribution Chess made to the world of Blues Music.
As America became more industrialised there was a massive exodus from the poor, rural south to the bigger cities of the north. The majority of these people were blacks in search of employment and a better life. Chicago became the main destination for immigrants from the south.
The sounds of big town Chicago were reflected in the blues music being brought north, guitars and harmonicas became amplified, a full kit of drums became a necessity. Often a house piano was available, saxophone was sometimes added and the music became raw, loud and exciting.
Leonard and Phil Chess, saw the commercial potential of the ever-growing black community.