Son Seals

Searing, gritty blues guitarist and cutting-edge vocalist Frank “Son” Seals has enjoyed a long, colorful career as one of Chicago’s preeminent bluesmen. In 2000, the Chicago Tribune named Seals’ 1978 concert recording, Live and Burning, one of the best examples of powerhouse Chicago blues to be released in the last two decades. Option magazine attests that Seals is “unbeatable live. Nobody in the business plays with as much grueling intensity.”

Seals’ 1973 debut recording, The Son Seals Blues Band, established him as a blazing, original artist. Rolling Stone called his 1977 follow-up, Midnight Son, one of the most significant blues albums of the decade. And his 2000 release, Lettin’ Go, followed in that strong tradition, spotlighting his ferocious vocals and instantly recognizable guitar playing.

Seals brought his hard-driving, raw Chicago blues to Jubilee in a riveting concert performance taped at the 2000 W.C. Handy Blues Festival in Henderson, KY.


This artist appears in Jubilee #622: Son Seals.