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Reverend Raven
the Chain Smokin' Altar Boys
featuring Westside Andy 

Don't Get on the Wrong Side of My Baby
Reverend Raven (Big Bee)


Accolades & Awards

  • Latest CD, "My Life" (2018), #1 for 8 months on the Roots Music Report Top 50 Chicago Blues CDs
  • Reverend Raven’s and Westside Andy’s 2015 Albums both hit the Roots Music Reports Top 30
  • 2016 Independent Blues Scene Award for Best Live CD
  • 2011 Blues Blast Music Award Nominee for Best Blues Band” and “Best Song”
  • Grammy Award nomination, Best Blues Compilation CD: 2007
  • Wisconsin Music Industry (WAMI) award, Best Blues Band: 1999, 2000, 2004, 2005, 2008 , 2010 and 2016
  • Wisconsin Music Industry (WAMI) award, People’s Choice: 2006, 2008 and 2010
  • Voted Milwaukee's Best Blues Band 2015, 2016 and 2017

Notable Festivals, Events & Venues

  • Buddy Guy's Legends, Chicago, IL 18 years
  • International Blues Cruise - Fort Lauderdale, FL​
  • Bayfront Blues Festival - Duluth, MN
  • Big Bull Falls Blues Festival - Wausau, WI
  • White Mountain Boogie Festival - Thornton, NH
  • NY State Blues Festival, Albany, NY
  • Fredricksburg MD Blues Festival 
  • Lancaster PA Blues Festival
  • Bean Blossom IN Blues Festival
  • Crossroads Blues Festival, Byron, IL
  • Fox Valley WI Blues Festival
  • South Skunk Blues Festival, Newton, IA
  • Smokin' Steele BBQ Festival, Owatonna, MN
  • Lansing MI Blues Festival
  • Alpena MI Blues Festival
  • Old Capital Blues Festival
  • Ribberfest, Madison, IN
  • Crossroads Blues Festival, Terre Haute, IN
  • Camping with the Blues, Brookville, FL
  • Ottawa Blues Festival - Ottawa​, Canada​
  • Bluesfest International - London​, Canada​
  • Bluesfest International - ​Windsor​​, Canada
  • Southwest Florida Blues Festival
  • ​Blues on Whyte - Edmonton, Alberta,​Canada
  • Mississippi Valley Blues Fest -Davenport, IA
  • Greeley Blues Fest - Greeley CO
  • Red, White & Blues - Huron OH
  • Milwaukee ​WI ​State Fair
  • ​Summerfest - Milwaukee, WI​
  • Jackson Blues Fest​ival​ - Jackson MI

"They are very, very good.  That's why I keep having them back."
- Buddy Guy

Reverend Raven & the Chain Smokin' Altar Boys featuring Westside Andy play traditional blues, straight up with a big dose of passion. With smoking grooves, served up with hot harmonica and smooth stinging guitar they play original songs peppered with nods to Slim Harpo, Little Walter, Jimmy Rogers, Billy Boy Arnold, Junior Wells and the three Kings.

Born and raised on south side of Chicago, the Reverend has been playing the blues since 1971 when he first saw Freddy King play at the Kinetic Theatre in Chicago. After 15 year hitch in the Navy, Chief Raven moved to Milwaukee where he began a long friendship and collaboration with Madison Slim, long time harmonica player for Jimmy Rogers.

Westside Andy Linderman joined Rev and his band as a featured performer in 2014 after fronting his own band for 18 years. Rev and Andy have opened for B.B. King, Gatemouth Brown, Taj Mahal, Elvin Bishop, Luther Allison, William Clarke, Rod Piazza, The Fabulous ThunderbirdsPinetop Perkins, Koko Taylor, Junior Wells, and numerous others.


"Bloody excellent!."

-Hugh Laurie

"The Reverend's ability to keep a crowd going all night long is a matter of haunted local legend."

-Brian Barney, Shepherd Express

"I've been a big fan of Reverend Raven for many years.  Give his band one listen and you'll become a convert as well.  Strong vocals and incredible guitar playing, along with swaggering sax or hot harp, and a rhythm section that locks it all together into mighty grooves, this is how today's Chicago-style blues should sound!"

-Don 'T-bone' Erikson, Founding Editor, Blues Wax Magazine

“Andy Linderman is one of my very favorite harp players. His tone and phrasing are tops in my book.”

-Gary Primich, premier harp player

"Best in the midwest!"

-Johnny Rawls

“Andy Linderman is a great player, a great heart, a great musicality and energy, and a great friend.” 

-Corky Siegel, musician/producer 

“Andy blows harmonica on the virtuoso level, with great tone and an apparently endless stock of ideas, and beats the odds by doing it gracefully.” 

-Tom Hyslop, Blues Review

"Standing ovation at Buddy Guy's Legends!"

-Joanna Gray

"One of the best acts I've ever seen at the Bayfront Blues Festival."

-Blue Monday Magazine

"Milwaukee's Best Blues Band!"

-Shepherd Express

"Highly recommended!"

-Tom Hyslop, Blues Revue Magazine

-Steve Jones, Crossroads Blues Society

"It was great having you guys at Bluesmore this year!  What a fine show."

-Evan Vulich, Linn County Blues Society

"You put on a great show!"

-Randy Hoffman, Alpena Blues Society

"The 2013 City of Sturgeon Bay Harmony by the Bay Concert Series . . .  Without question, the success was directly attributable to the musicians who performed . . .  without a doubt, this year's best show was put on by Reverend Rave & the Chain Smokin' Altar Boys.  In fact, it was the best blues performance we have ever had.  These guys know how to play the blues!  Their music selection and unique delivery was truly enjoyable  I do hope that their schedule will allow them to visit Sturgeon Bay for our 2014 series."

-Thad Birmingham, Mayor, Surgeon BAU