John Primer

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John Primer
Background information
Born (1945-03-03) March 3, 1945 (age 70)
Camden, Mississippi, United States
Genres Chicago blues, soul-blues, electric blues[1]
Occupation(s) Singer, guitarist, songwriter
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Years active 1960s-present
Labels Earwig Music, Wolf Records, various
Website Official website

John Primer (born March 3, 1945, Camden, Mississippi, United States)[2] is an American Chicago blues and electric blues singer and guitarist.[1]


He played guitar at Theresa's, a club in Chicago, between 1974 and 1980. He was influenced by Muddy Waters' former sideman, Sammy Lawhorn, who taught him to play slide guitar. He joined the Chicago Blues All-Stars of Willie Dixon in 1979, then the Muddy Waters's band until the latter's death in 1983. Then he joined the Teardrops of Magic Slim and began a solo career on Wolf Records.[3]

In 1995 he released, The Real Deal, with songwriting and singing techniques showing the influence of both Dixon and Slim.[3]

In 2013, Primer was the special guest on Shawn Holt & the Teardrops' debut recording, Daddy Told Me.[4] Shawn Holt being Magic Slim's son.[5]

In 2013 and 2014, Primer had a nomination for a Blues Music Award in the 'Traditional Blues Male Artist' category.[6][7]


  • 1991 : Poor Man Blues (Wolf Records) with Magic Slim and Billy Branch
  • 1992 : Stuff You Got to Watch (Earwig Music)
  • 1992 : Blues Behind Closed Doors (Wolf Records) with Magic Slim and Billy Branch
  • 1992 : 44 Blues by Magic Slim & The Teardrops (Wolf Records) with Bonnie Lee
  • 1993 : Cold Blooded Blues Man (Wolf Records)
  • 1994 : Easy Baby (Wolf Records) with the Teardrops
  • 1995 : The Real Deal (Warner) with Billy Branch
  • 1997 : Keep on Lovin' the Blues (Warner) with Matthew Skoller
  • 1998 : It's a Blues Life (Wolf Records)
  • 2000 : Knocking at Your Door (Telarc) with Larry McCray and Matthew Skoller
  • 2003 : Blue Steel: A Tribute to Elmore James (Wolf Records) (cover album of Elmore James songs)
  • 2008 : All Original (Blues House Productions)
  • 2012 : Blues On Solid Ground (Blues House Productions)
  • 2013 : Knockin' Around These Blues (Delta Groove Music) and Bob Corritore


  • 2005 : Live at B.L.U.E.S (Chicago)


  1. ^ a b Du Noyer, Paul (2003). The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Music (1st ed.). Fulham, London: Flame Tree Publishing. p. 181. ISBN 1-904041-96-5. 
  2. ^ Bill Dahl (1945-03-03). "John Primer | Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-08-03. 
  3. ^ a b Russell, Tony (1997). The Blues - From Robert Johnson to Robert Cray. Dubai: Carlton Books Limited. p. 157. ISBN 1-85868-255-X. 
  4. ^ "Daddy Told Me - Shawn Holt & The Teardrops | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-08-03. 
  5. ^ "Shawn Holt & the Teardrops homepage". Retrieved 2014-08-03. 
  6. ^ "Blues Music Awards Nominees - 2013 - 34th Blues Music Awards". Retrieved 2013-03-21. 
  7. ^ "2014 Blues Music Awards Nominees and Winners". Retrieved 2014-05-16. 

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