|Birth name||Richard L. Shurman|
May 23, 1950|
Los Alamos, New Mexico, United States
|Genres||Chicago blues, blues, rhythm and blues|
|Occupation(s)||Record producer, sound engineer, music journalist, music historian, backing vocalist|
|Labels||Alligator, Delmark, various|
He has produced numerous recordings by notable musicians including Johnny Winter, Lurrie Bell, Eddie C. Campbell, Albert Collins, Little Smokey Smothers, Jody Williams, Roy Buchanan, Big Bill Morganfield, Larry Garner, Robert Cray, Hip Linkchain, Magic Slim, Charlie Musselwhite, Otis Rush, Johnny Heartsman, and Fenton Robinson. Shurman has also written many liner notes, and is the publisher of Chicago Blues News. In 2005, he was the recipient of the Blues Foundation's "Keeping the Blues Alive" award. He co-produced Showdown!, an album which won a Grammy Award for Best Traditional Blues Album in 1987.
Shurman was born in Los Alamos, New Mexico, United States, and later resided in Milwaukee and Madison, Wisconsin, before relocating to Seattle after his father secured employment with Boeing. There he befriended a number of blues musicians, and started writing articles for the British magazine, Blues Unlimited. Shurman first attended the University of Chicago in September 1968. Fearing that his continual attendance at local blues clubs may harm his education, he enrolled at the University of Washington, earning a master's degree in library science that enabled him to begin full-time employment in a suburban library back in Chicago. He continued to work full-time in a succession of library jobs. His occasional writing work led Shurman to interview musicians such as Albert Collins, Otis Rush, Jody Williams, Johnny Heartsman, and Lee "Shot" Williams. Shurman befriended many blues figures including Earl Hooker and Johnny Heartsman.
His involvement in, and passion for Chicago blues, led Shurman into record production work. His most successful period was with Alligator Records, often working alongside the label's founder Bruce Iglauer on production duties. Albert Collins was signed by Alligator Records in 1978, on the recommendation of Shurman, whom Collins had met in Seattle. His first release for the label was Ice Pickin' (1978), which was recorded at Curtom Studios, Chicago, and produced by Iglauer, Shurman and Richard McLeese.
Shurman has contributed to various publications, including Living Blues, Juke Blues and Block Magazine. In 1997, Shurman jointly compiled and wrote the liner notes for Sonny Boy Williamson II's compilation album, His Best. In 2000, Shurman gave encouragement to Jody Williams to resume performing, and produced Williams' comeback album, Return of a Legend (2002), on which his bold playing belied his thirty-year break from music.
Shurman has annotated many albums and contributed to chapters of books, feature articles and reviews, and for many years had a news column in Living Blues. He is also a member of the Chicago Blues Festival Advisory Committee. His annotation work included the ten disc box set, Ladies and Gentlemen... Mr. B.B. King (2012). In addition he earlier penned the liner notes for Howlin' Wolf's 1991 compilation, The Chess Box.
Selected record production and other work
|Year||Album title||Artist||Other information|
|1976||Right Place, Wrong Time||Otis Rush||Liner notes|
|1978||Ice Pickin'||Albert Collins||Co-production with Bruce Iglauer and Richard McLeese|
|1980||Frostbite||Albert Collins||Co-production with Iglauer and Casey Jones|
|1983||Don't Lose Your Cool||Albert Collins||Co-production with Iglauer and Collins|
|1984||Guitar Slinger||Johnny Winter||Co-production with Iglauer and Winter|
|1985||Serious Business||Johnny Winter||Co-production with Iglauer and Winter|
|1985||Showdown!||Albert Collins, Robert Cray and Johnny Copeland||Co-production with Iglauer|
|1985||When a Guitar Plays the Blues||Roy Buchanan||Co-production with Iglauer and Buchanan|
|1986||Dancing on the Edge||Roy Buchanan||Co-production with Iglauer and Buchanan|
|1986||Third Degree||Johnny Winter||Co-production with Winter|
|1987||Hot Wires||Roy Buchanan||Co-production with Justin Niebank, Iglauer and Buchanan|
|1991||The Touch||Johnny Heartsman||Co-production with Iglauer|
|1991||Let Me In||Johnny Winter||Co-production with Winter; backing vocalist|
|1992||Hey, Where's Your Brother?||Johnny Winter||Co-production with Winter|
|1997||His Best||Sonny Boy Williamson II||Compiler and liner notes with Andy McKaie|
|1998||Rough News||Charlie Musselwhite||Producer and backing vocalist|
|1998||Live in NYC '97||Johnny Winter||Producer|
|1998||Black Tornado||Magic Slim||Producer|
|2000||Once Upon the Blues||Larry Garner||Producer and backing vocalist|
|2001||Ramblin' Mind||Big Bill Morganfield||Producer|
|2002||Return of a Legend||Jody Williams||Producer|
|2004||I'm a Bluesman||Johnny Winter||Co-production with Tom Hambridge and Winter|
|2009||Chicago Blues Buddies||Little Smokey Smothers||Producer, photography and liner notes|
|2012||Spider Eating Preacher||Eddie C. Campbell||Producer|
|2013||Blues in my Soul||Lurrie Bell||Producer and liner notes|
- "KRAB Has The Blues - Urban Blues With Dick Shurman". Krab.fm. Retrieved 2015-12-10.
- "People - Dick Shurman - Soundcheck". Soundcheck.wnyc.org. 2012-02-24. Retrieved 2015-12-10.
- "Dick Shurman | Credits". AllMusic. 1950-05-23. Retrieved 2015-12-10.
- "Raisin' Cain - The Wild and Raucous Story of Johnny Winter - Johnny's Sound". Johnnywinterbook.com. Retrieved 2015-12-10.
- "2-2010 - Chicago Blues News by Dick Shurman". Bluesart.at. Retrieved 2015-12-10.
- "Minnesota Blues Hall of Fame 2007 — Dick Shurman". Gtcbms.org. 2012-07-10. Retrieved 2015-12-10.
- "Other Individuals | The Blues Foundation". Blues.org. 2014-06-20. Archived from the original on 2015-09-23. Retrieved 2015-12-10.
- "Friday Blues Fix: Ten Questions with Dick Shurman". Fridaybluesfix.blogspot.co.uk. Retrieved 2015-12-10.
- Sebastian Danchin (1970-06-15). "Earl Hooker, Blues Master". Books.google.co.uk. p. 342. ISBN 9781578063079. Retrieved 2015-12-10.
- Edward Komara (2005-10-28). "Encyclopedia of the Blues". Books.google.co.uk. Routledge. p. 417. ISBN 978-0415926997. Retrieved 2015-12-10.
- Albert Collins - Vital Blues Guitar Series. Transcriptions: Richard DeVinck. Creative Concepts Publishing (California) 1994. ISBN 1-56922-047-6.
- "Ice Pickin' - Albert Collins | Credits". AllMusic. 1973-01-17. Retrieved 2015-12-10.
- "About Juke Blues Magazine". Jukeblues.com. Retrieved 2015-12-10.
- "His Best [MCA] - Sonny Boy Williamson II | Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2015-12-10.
- Dahl, Bill (2002). Return Of A Legend [CD liner notes].
- Dick Shurman & Bruce Iglauer, Obituary in Juke Blues, no.70, 2010, p.60
- "Eddie Shaw, Dick Shurman to be inducted into Blues Hall of Fame". Windycityblues.org. Retrieved 2015-12-10.
- "Dick Shurman | Alligator Records". ZoomInfo.com. Retrieved 2015-12-10.
- "Ladies and Gentlemen... Mr. B. B. King". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 2015-12-10.
- Shurman, Dick (1991). Howlin' Wolf: The Chess Box (Media notes). Howlin' Wolf. MCA/Chess Records. CHD3-9332.