Reverend Raven playing guitar on stageSince 1990 Reverend Raven has opened for B.B King, Gatemouth Brown, Pinetop Perkins, the Koko Taylor Band, Junior Wells, the Fabulous Thunderbirds, Tommy Castro among many others. He and I are acquainted by way of mutual friend The Worldwide West Side Guitar Man Johnny Burgin. Reverend and Johnny have been pals since ’99.

We recorded our conversation in November of 2020, during which time I had asked several former guests for their thoughts on personal branding. Johnny Burgin was among those asked and in his reply, Johnny suggested I speak with Reverend.

We had a great conversation about his growing up on the South Side of Chicago, how his stint in the Navy helped him find success with Reverend Raven And The Chain Smoking Alter Boys, how he acquired so many amazing testimonials for the band, life since the pandemic, his predictions for the coming year, and some of the questions I’ve been asking as research for the 2nd edition of the Unstarving Musician’s Guide to Getting Paid Gigs. And a wee bit more.

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