Big Mike Aguirre & the Blue City All Stars
“When you hear Big Mike Aguirre play guitar, you know where he’s coming from: the East Side, where the blues isn’t for tourists, it’s for survivors. Aguirre is a young white man from Belleville, Illinois, and he sounds like he’s cut his teeth in every working-class juke-joint from Brooklyn to Waterloo. A grinding and slashing Stratocaster player, he channels the overdrive of Stevie Ray Vaughan and Luther Allison, but also possesses a lyrical acuity that shows how closely he’s listened to Keith Richards and Magic Sam. Whatever shape his blues take, the sound is scrappy and soulful.” – Roy Kasten of Riverfront Times
Big Mike is a favorite at the Big Muddy Blues Festival.