Blues singer Bobby Rush entertains at Saratoga Springs Caffe Lena
Bobby Rush won the title “King of the Chitlin Circuit” for his raunchy, hard-hitting funk and blues shows on the network of black-owned and operated clubs in the South and Midwest in the 1960s and 1970s. his career goes back further than that, to 1951, recording sessions and live shows with Bo Diddley, Muddy Waters, Chuck Berry and pre-mainstream celebrity BB King to name a few.
Despite a career that dates back more than 70 years, it wasn’t until the 2000s that Rush connected with a wider (whiter) audience. In 2017, he won a Grammy for Best Traditional Blues Album for the full band “Porcupine Meat” and repeated the feat in 2021 with the acoustic solo “Rawer than Raw.”