July 12, 1943 |
Chicago, Illinois, United States
|Genres||Chicago blues, electric blues|
|Guitarist, singer, songwriter|
|Labels||Wolf Records, Electro-Fi Records|
Johnny Laws (born July 12, 1943) is an American Chicago blues guitarist, singer and songwriter. A regular performer for over half a century in Chicago's South Side clubs, Laws has released two albums, including Burnin' in My Soul, of which Blues & Rhythm magazine in November 1999 noted, "It's a real shame that Johnny Laws has been unjustly ignored in the past. . . .This is an enjoyable CD. . . . . Full marks to those folks at Electro-Fi."
In an April 1999 editorial leader, the Toronto Star remarked that "South Side Chicago fave Johnny Laws . . . [is] winning plaudits for his seductive, soul-drenched blues."
Laws was born in Chicago, Illinois, and has remained there all his life. He has played and performed on the South Side of Chicago since the mid-1960s, remaining largely a local cult favorite for decades. He learned his Chicago blues craft mainly from listening to Jimmy Reed and Buster Benton. His aching falsetto voice and vast repertoire gained much local acclaim. His style ranges from soul to postwar blues to, occasionally, country music. In addition to a regular weekend slot at the Cuddle Inn, Laws has been a frequent performer at the annual Chicago Blues Festival, including a set in 2000. Laws was featured in a 1993 issue of Living Blues magazine.
His second album, Blues Burnin' in My Soul, was released Electro-Fi Records in 1999, containing cover versions of Junior Wells's song "Little by Little"; "Steal Away", by Jimmy Hughes; "Honest I Do" and "Ain't That Lovin' You Baby", by Jimmy Reed; and "Sadie", written and originally recorded by Hound Dog Taylor. The autumn 1999 issue of Juke Blues stated that "Johnny Laws has a smooth, silky voice, at times almost a whisper, then rising into a falsetto, and falling back again into gentle expressiveness. . . . His appeal is in a delivery that seems so deceptively effortless."
|1995||My Little Girl||Wolf Records|
|1999||Blues Burnin' in My Soul||Electro-Fi Records|