[Photo provided by Eric Kriesant]
[Blues artists Billy Branch and John Primer]
His research even brought him to his hometown of Cary, where the former club Harry Hope’s, once located along Cary-Algonquin Road on property where the Fox Bluff Conservation Area now sits, used to draw blues legends.
From the early 1940s when Mississippi bluesmen traveled to Chicago to 1981 when the Rolling Stones performed live with Muddy Waters – and Primer – at the Checkerboard Lounge, it’s a rich history Kriesant wishes he could have witnessed firsthand.
“Several years ago, I came to the realization that very few of the original blues players were still alive, and even fewer were actually playing music,” he said. “Having been a photographer for over 20 years, I felt compelled to document as many of the original blues artists as I could before it was too late.”