John Primer – Hard Times


John Primer - Hard Times

John Primer – Hard Times
Format: CD
Label: Blues House Productions
Release: 2022

Release date: September 16, 2022

These 13 hardcore, traditional, real deal Chicago Blues songs come straight from the heart and reflect John Primer’s 2 time Grammy Nominated status. This ‘Hard Times’ CD was made to get us through these hard times we are living in today. It will heal you from beginning to end and will take you to a better place.

After a long lockdown during a pandemic, John took his songs to producer Rick Barnes at RaxTrax Studio in Chicago with his Real Deal Blues Band and Special Guests to make the Hard Times CD on February 28, 2022. This is John’s daughter, Aliya’s debut recording!

The photographs were shot by Eric Kriesant at B.L.U.E.S. on Halsted St., in Chicago. B.L.U.E.S. has been closed since the pandemic hit and remains closed today. Loosing this club that has been home to Chicago Blues since the 1970’s is a tragic loss. We hope this CD will shine a light on this important landmark in hopes of finding support to save it.


01. You Got What I Want
02. Don’t Wait To Long
03. Hard Times
04. Blues Blues Blues
05. I Won’t Sweat It
06. Chicago
07. Tough Times
08. All Alone
09. My Sugar Mama
10. You Mean So Much To Me
11. Try To Make You Mine
12. Hot Meal 13) Whiskey

John Primer – lead vocals and guitar

The Real Deal Blues Band:
Steve Bell –  harmonica
Lenny Media – drums
Dave Forte – bass

Special Guests:
Rick Kreher – rhythm guitar
Johnny Iguana – piano
John’s 17 year old daughter, Aliya Primer – vocals on Tough Times

Blues House Productions