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Grammy-Winning Blues Legend Bobby Rush Remembers His Roots

Bobby Rush, now 84, says he "only" performs 200 shows a year. Despite his success, he still goes back to the smaller clubs where he used to perform.
Bobby Rush, now 84, says he "only" performs 200 shows a year. Despite his success, he still goes back to the smaller clubs where he used to perform.
Credit Rick Olivier

Bobby Rush is a bluesman and has been dubbed the Dean of the Blues and the King of the Chitlin’ Circuit.

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He was finally recognized for his great achievements at this past year’s Grammy Awards. Rush won for best traditional blues album with “Porcupine Meat.”

Rush, now 84, says he “only” performs 200 shows a year. And despite his success, he still goes back to the smaller clubs and juke joints where he used to perform.

“I’m so proud to be called the King of the Chitlin’ Circuit because that gives me the sense that I have crossed over but never crossed out,” he said. “I still go to the big clubs, but I remember them little juke joints that I used to work when I couldn’t work anywhere else.”

Rush spoke with “City Lights” host Lois Reitzes about his career. He is in town this weekend to perform at the Royal Blues Holiday Celebration for Prostate Cancer Awareness along with Big Bill Morganfield. That’s at the Vista Room on Saturday evening.