Bobby Rush

Bobby Rush, a Louisiana native who lived for decades in Chicago, earned the title “king of the chitlin circuit” after relocating to Jackson in the early 1980s. Rush's distinctive “folk funk” style, featured on his recordings for the Jackson-based LaJam label and others, bridged the blues he heard as a youth and modern soul music. His upbeat and often provocative live shows established him as a favorite among southern soul and blues audiences and later brought him international acclaim. He was born Emmett Ellis, Jr., on November 10, 1935, in Homer, Louisiana, and at eleven moved with his family to Pine Bluff, Arkansas

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