George ‘Wild Child’ Butler breathed new life into raw, old-fashioned blues | The Secret History of Chicago Music | Chicago Reader

George ‘Wild Child’ Butler breathed new life into raw, old-fashioned blues 

This stubbornly idiosyncratic harmonica player had lousy luck with recordings, but he thrived for four decades onstage.

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Since 2004 Plastic Crimewave (aka Steve Krakow) has used the Secret History of Chicago Music to shine a light on worthy artists with Chicago ties who've been forgotten, underrated, or never noticed in the first place.

  • Six tracks from George "Wild Child" Butler's 1985 compilation Open Up Baby, recorded in the late 1960s
  • A song from the 1969 album Keep On Doing What You're Doing
  • The album Lickin' Gravy, most of which was originally released in 1976 as Funky Butt Lover

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