Michael Bloomfield

Michael Bloomfield

As a teenager living on Chicago's North Shore, Michael Bloomfield ventured downtown to seek out the patriarchs of Chicago blues (Muddy Waters, Albert King, and others) and learned their guitar techniques firsthand. Playing Chicago blues and folk clubs with singer Nick Gravenites and harmonica player Charlie Musselwhite in the early 1960s, he attracted the attention of Paul Butterfield, whose band he joined in 1965. Bloomfield played electric guitar on Dylan’s “Like a Rolling Stone” and later that year on Highway 61 Revisited.

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