Eddie Taylor Jr. has become the patriarch of a true Chicago blues family; don’t be surprised to find a sibling or two playing with the band. The son of Windy City blue icon Eddie Taylor, who was inducted posthumously into the Blues Hall of Fame, Eddie Taylor Jr. taught himself to play on his father’s old Gibson 355 stereo, tube amp and all. Playing and singing contemporary Chicago blues, Taylor gradually developed his own name and reputation, building a repertoire that owes much to the traditions of the place and genre.

Taylor’s older brothers, Tim and Larry, both play drums; and his three sisters — Edna, Brenda and Demetria— all sing, as did their late mother, Vera Taylor. All five siblings appear with Taylor on his 2006 release “Mind Game.” In 2002, youngest brother, Milton, provided backup in a markedly different way, donating a kidney when Eddie suffered serious illness and needed a transplant.

Among other musicians who have worked in Taylor’s band are blues harpist Martin Lane and guitarist Johnny B. Moore. In addition to leading his own outfit, Taylor has played in support of artists such as Moore, Little Arthur Duncan, Easy Baby, Willie Kent and Hubert Sumlin.

Eddie Taylor Jr. knows his father’s songbook, as well as those of Jimmy Reed, Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf. He has come into his own as a proponent of traditional Chicago blues, ensuring that the family legacy goes on.