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Brother John has been a resident musician at Buddy Guy’s Legends in Chicago for 25 years.  He has played with Eric Clapton, Steve Miller, the Black Crowes, and acquired ringing endorsements from many other musicians of renown. For example: Led Zeppelin vocalist Robert Plant had seen John play with Otis Rush at the Jazz Café in London. When Plant and Kattke met in person at the United Center in Chicago, Plant told Kattke: “You play a mean guitar!” George Benson came to the jam session that Kattke hosts at Buddy Guy’s Legends in Chicago. After hearing the opening set that John played with his band, Benson told him: “You’re fearless! I thought I was fearless! You’re fearless!”

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Selected quotes and articles featuring Brother John…

Chicago Blues Guide
Chicago Blues Festival 2016

Dave Specter “Message In Blue”
KTUH FM – Hawaii

Toronzo Cannon “The Chicago Way”
In A Blue Mood

Karl Green “Long Road Back”
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Review of Koko Taylor’s “Old School” CD:
Compulsive Reader
Koko Taylor

Reviews of Dave Specter’s new CD “Spectified”:
Downbeat
Chicago Blues Guide
Deep Roots Magazine
Chicago Blues Guide
About.com

Reviews of Nick Moss’ “Priveleged” CD:
Americana Roots
Seattle Pi
Chicago Blues Guide

 

An intimate rendition of “When Things Go Wrong,” with only pianist John Kattke in supple support, is one of the best things the harpist [Junior Wells] has done in decades.
— Bill Dahl, Chicago Tribune, reviewing Junior Wells’s “Unidisputed Godfather of Blues” (GBW), Feb. 10, 1994

 

La Journada: El segundo día del 10 Festival de Blues devino puro gozo, festejos y palomazos (Review of a festival in Mexico that featured Brother John.) “It says that I played their grand piano at their theater, and sang the song ‘Everything’s Going To Be Allright,’ which they seemed to think was fitting, at their club,” John says. “Considering the number of musicians involved in this festival, I was somewhat impressed that they mentioned me twice in the article. Or maybe I just love Mexico and am psyched ’cause that’s the first time I’ve ever played there, and I hope to go back.”

 

Usually when Brother John’s band plays at Legends, it’s for the Monday night open-jam. But Tuesday (August) 1, they’ll be joined by a man who’s not only an authentic legend, but the cat who owns the club: Mr. Buddy Guy…. Seventy years young, he’ll be celebrating his birthday with a special guest set. Those who’ve caught his sold-out shows every January know enough to show up early for a good look.
— “TimeOut Chicago” July 27-August 3, 2006

 

John Kattke (a.k.a. Brother John) is one of the most talented and versatile musicians on the Chicago music scene today. Perfoming double duty on both guitar and keyboards, Brother John has been a vital musical component behind some of the blues’ most lauded musicians, including Buddy Guy, Otis Rush & Koko Taylor. As a solo artist his playing stands apart as a uniquely creative force of its own, and his vocals, an aspect of the music that is often overlooked in today’s guitar crazy world, are delivered with full-throated assurance. Brother John is definitely a Bluesman on the rise.
— Jason Blankenship, Buddy Guy’s Legends Bluesletter, Jan./Feb. 1998

 

Kattke has been a fixture at Buddy Guy’s Legends in Chicago, where his playing impressed the owner enough that Guy hired him to go on tour with him. Kattke was also the leader of the Otis Rush Band for three years. He auditioned to be the lead guitarist for the Black Crows, but then “they decided to do that tour with Jimmie Page,” Kattke said.
— Pioneer Press “Diversions,” Jan. 17, 2002

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