The weekly Monday night blues series at Time Out Pub, 275 Main St., will continue Oct. 4 with John Primer & The Real Deal Blues Band. The music will run from 7 to 10 p.m. in the upstairs music room; admission is $15 at the door.

As the title of his critically acclaimed Atlantic Record CD suggests, Grammy and Handy award Nominee Primer is truly “The Real Deal.” At age eight, he borrowed his first guitar and stated to strum. With the sounds of Jimmy Reed, Muddy Waters, Little Milton, Elmore James, B.B. and Albert King reverberating through his grandmother Laura Nell’s tube radio, he was instantly hooked. Early inspiration came from his family steeped in spiritual, gospel and church, and went on to play at house parties and fish frys in and around his hometown of Camden, Miss.

At 18, Primer followed the path of his mentors and migrated to Chicago in the fall of 1963.  He quickly found work in the era when modern electric blues and the West and South sides’ sounds were first taking shape. Years of playing blues, soul and R&B led to Primer’s own style and expanded his repertoire. His 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. Over the course of the next five years, he would play with a host of innovators sculpting the sound of the Chicago Blues scene.

In 1979, master songwriter and bassist Willie Dixon persuaded Primer to join his band The Chicago All Stars. Traveling through the United States, Mexico and Europe, Primer developed his skills as a rhythm guitarist, a lead slide player and a powerful singer. Muddy Waters recruited him not only as a guitarist, but also as an opening act. Primer stayed loyal to Waters until his untimely death in 1983. For the next 14 years, he toured with Magic Slim & The Teardrops, bringing tight, house-rocking sounds to every corner of the planet. But Primer’s days as a sideman were numbered. Since 1995, he has since toured extensively in support of his 10 solo albums to date. John Primer & The Real Deal Blues Band continues to electrify audiences at clubs and festivals.

Upcoming performers in the Monday night series are JoAnne Shaw Taylor, Oct. 11; Deb Callahan, Oct. 18; and James Armstrong, Oct. 25. Schedule is subject to change.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to