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Johnny Burgin earns his name as The Worldwide West Side Guitar Man by performing up to 250 shows a year in Europe, Japan and coast to coast in the US. Johnny grew up in Mississippi and went to University of Chicago at 18, but ended up attending "blues university". Johnny met a DJ on the college radio station who took him to see the Howlin' Wolf style singer Tail Dragger on the West Side of Chicago. Tail Dragger took Johnny under his wing and gave him his first professional gigs, and from there Johnny learned quickly and went on to tour and record with blues legends such as Pinetop Perkins, Sam Lay and Billy Boy Arnold. He's been praised by the Cascade Blues Association for his "stunning guitar playing-- the pure Chicago styled sound", and his fans love Johnny's take on the intense, stripped-down "West Side sound" of Otis Rush, Magic Sam and Buddy Guy. Johnny is a Delmark and Vizztone recording artist with 10 CDs to his credit, including "Johnny Burgin Live" featuring Charlie Musselwhite, and "No Border Blues: Japan," a look at the underground Japanese blues scene. He was nominated for a BMA for Best Traditional Blues CD of 2017 for "Howlin' at Greaseland," a Howlin' Wolf tribute.