I Come From Chicago (FULL MIX-#1 Chicago-Blues)

Story Behind The Song

I grew up in Chicago and loved the blues. Jimmy Reed, Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters, BB King, Buddy Guy, Paul Butterfield, Otis Span, John Lee Hooker ....and on and on...I had ALL their records. When I started touring in the 1960's, 70's and 80's and had the opportunity to open and tour with artists like BB King and John Lee Hooker and others, it was a great honor. When I did a stint as the solo-opening act for BB King and John Lee Hooker, they both came to me and told me how much they LOVED this song. My early bands played a lot of different types of music, but the blues was always a part of our shows. I wrote this song as a testament to all the people from Chicago, past and present, black and white and brown, male and female, who celebrate the blues in all its forms. I hope you enjoy the song!

Song Description


Song Length 4:04 Genre Blues - Modern, Blues - Modern
Tempo Medium Fast (131 - 150) Lead Vocal Male Vocal
Mood Cheerful Subject Pride, History, Past
Similar Artists Eric Clapton, B.B. King Language English
Era 2000 and later


"I Come From Chicago"
Words and Music by Chet Nichols * Copyright 1964/2001/2015/2023 by Chet Nichols (ASCA) & Magic Garage Music (ASCAP)
MagicGarageMusic@gmail.com * www.chetnichols.net

Now, I come from Chicago
That's where we play the blues
Yes, I come from Chicago
That's where we play the blues
People came from Mississippi
They brought Chicago the good news

Mothers and Fathers
Packed up their old Oldsmobiles
Looking for a better life
Far from the broiling delta fields
Chicago looked like paradise
Through those broken window shields


From the delta came the slide guitar
And, Lord, they played it right
The blues was the backbone
That kept them playing through the night
Singing about lonely moments
Money, lovers, and fights


There's a rumble in the alley
You can hear the blues moan
Listen to the backbeat
And the rolling undertones
Sounds like thunder beating down the doors
Makes you want to stand and scream, "More, more, more!"


Dedicated to the memory of Mark "The Blues Cannon" Hannon, Tom Peck, Jeff Weinstein and Wayne Welch.

Yeah a good time blues tune! Very cool, great feel!

Great sound. Booker T. and the MGs Love Chicago blues and you do it well.

good ole Blues----cant beatem! nice guitar!

Tell your story Homie

Absolutely this tune would be excellent in a film. True-Blue Blues the way it was meant to be. Well recorded, vocals excellent, awesome guitars and organ. Catchy lyrics and god hook! Very well done my friend!! Keep up the great work.

authentic blues song and loved your voice

this is a very well written and arranged song. I could see this in a several movies or advertising type setting. If you dont know anything about music your song will for sure educate the public. Very good song

very original nice voice inall nice song reminds me on a group tri mexican, blues heavy mix, but different just great

Nice groove right out of the box. I really dig the fuzzy guitars. All in all a pretty cool song, I love the line. "They came from Mississippi and brought Chicago the good news." Great cut thanks for sharing it....

good blues track , vocally reminds me of peter green. nice guitar and performance.

Good stuff, great players very nice vocals and I really enjoyed listening.

nice "deep" bass vibe, like it. organ work nice. nice "big picture" story in the lyrics.

They got that right

Lyrics Chester Nichols Jr Music Chester Nichols Jr
Producer Chester Nichols Jr Publisher Chet Nichols (ASCAP) & Magic Garage Music (ASCAP)
Performance Chester Nichols Jr Label Magic Garage Records

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