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Son Seals

Friday, November 14, at Wilbert's.

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Guitarist Frank "Son" Seals's beginnings couldn't be better suited for his calling. The son of an Arkansas juke-joint proprietor, Seals was doing road duty out of his teens with guitar legends Earl Hooker and Albert King. Making the obligatory northward trek, Seals hit Chicago in 1971, finding his way onto bandstands alongside the likes of Buddy Guy and Junior Wells. When primitive slide king Hound Dog Taylor's recordings for Alligator put him on the road, Seals filled in for him around town and eventually landed a deal with the same label. The first album, The Son Seals Blues Band, was released in 1973. Seals' career blossomed at the same time as funk was finding its way into the blues lexicon, and his pugnacious approach proved to be an ideal match. The 2002 collection Son Seals Deluxe Edition provides a nice cross-section of his catalog.

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