Toronzo Cannon

Saturday 31 March 2018

Chicago Blues - R&B

Blues guitarist/singer/songwriter Toronzo Cannon grew up on the South Side of Chicago and bought his first guitar at age 22. Although his initial focus was reggae, he found himself increasingly drawn to the blues. Influenced by icons like Buddy Guy, B.B. King, Jimi Hendrix, and Hound Dog Taylor, his blazing guitar sound and soul-baring vocals are all his own. Cannon’s first three albums - My Woman (2007), Leaving Mood (2011) and Blues Music Award-nominated John the Conquer Root (2013) - document his rise from promising up-and-comer to star-in-the-making.

He has become a regular at the Chicago Blues Festival on nine separate occasions, either as a sideman, a band leader or, most recently, as a main stage headliner. Since the 2016 release of The Chicago Way, Cannon has burst onto the international stage as one of the most acclaimed next-generation bluesmen.