As the title of his critically acclaimed Atlantic Records CD suggests, Grammy Award Nominee and Handy Award Nominee, John Primer is truly "The Real Deal".
At 8 years old, John borrowed his first guitar and started to strum. At the age of eighteen, feeling restless and in search of further audiences, John followed the path of his mentors and migrated to Chicago in the fall of 1963. John's quick success would lead him in 1974 to replace John Watkins in the house band at the world famous Theresa's Lounge on the South Side of Chicago. Over the course of the next 5 years, John would play with such originators as Sammy Lawhorn, Junior Wells, Buddy Guy, Lonnie Brooks.
In 1979, master songwriter and bassist Willie Dixon persuaded him to join his band The Chicago All-Stars. Traveling through the U.S. Mexico and Europe, John developed his Skills as a rhythm guitarist, a lead slide player, and a powerful singer. Another blues master who believed in John Primer was none other than the "Hoochie Coochie Man" himself, Muddy Waters. Muddy recruited John not only as a guitarist, but also as an opening act.
As he did with so many other great musicians, Muddy served as a father to John, instilling in him an unrelenting passion for the music that gave birth to Rock and Roll. John stayed loyal to Muddy until his untimely death in 1983.
For the next 14 years, he toured with MagicSlim & The Teardrops, bringing tight, house-rocking sounds to every corner ofthe earth. But John's days as a sideman were numbered, and in 1995 the veteran blues man released his major label debut "The Real Deal".
He has since toured extensively in support of his ten solo albums to date. With John Primer's strong traditionalist blues phrasing and lightning fast slide techniques, few artists can match him.
John Primer electrifies audiences at clubs and festivals around the world, and is one of the driving force in the world of Blues music today.