Here’s good news for those doubters who fear for the future of homegrown Chicago blues: guitarist David Lindsey, the west-side-born-and-bred son of local blues legend Big Bad Ben, is beginning to make himself known to a wider audience. Lindsey’s been featured for several years at clubs like Mister Tee’s (at Lake and Saint Louis), and did a stint as Kansas City Red’s lead guitarist. Like many young musicians, he’s still finding his own voice: his B.B. King-style string bends and his repertoire of Chicago standards sometimes descend into cliche, and the pacing of his show occasionally lags. But there’s a fiery acuity to his best solo work, supported by a surprisingly polished technique and a rare dedication to no-nonsense, meat-and-potatoes Chicago blues. Lindsey’s voice is deeply expressive, his chording is hard-driving and solid, and with a bit of adventurousness and development he could evolve into the most exciting thing to come out of the west side since Johnny B. Moore. Tonight through Sunday, Rosa’s, 3420 W. Armitage; 342-0452.
Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Bruce Powell.