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Aligator Records: 
Toronzo Cannon is the most exciting bluesman to emerge from Chicago in decades, playing brawny, rock-inspired guitar and singing original, slice-of-life lyrics that speak to today’s listeners.

THE PREACHER, POLITICIAN OR THE PIMP finds Toronzo advancing his modern day blues vision, with 12 distinctive new songs that skillfully blend witty, “ain’t it the truth” anthems with searing topical observations. Through it all, Toronzo burns on guitar and brings his lyrics to life with spirited, soul drenched singing.

Toronzo Cannon: Guitars, Percussion, Lead and Background Vocals
Roosevelt Purifoy: Piano and Organ
Marvin Little: Bass
Melvin "Pooky Styx" Carlisle: Drums

Nora Jean: Vocals on "That's What I Love About 'Cha"
Billy Branch: Harmonica on "Insurance"
Joanna Connor: Slide Guitar on "I'm Not Scared"
Lynne Jordan, Cedric Chaney and Maria Luz Carball: Voices on "I'm Not Scared"
Bruce Iglauer as The Doctor on "Insurance"
Horns arranged by Joe Clark on "Stop Me When I'm Lying"
Joe Clark: Trumpet
Mark Hiebert: Baritone Saxophone
Chris Shuttleworth: Trombone

Produced by Toronzo Cannon and Bruce Iglauer

Chicago bluesman Toronzo Cannon defies all expectations. The blistering guitarist, soulful vocalist, singular songwriter and city bus driver fuses his muscular, rock-inspired blues guitar playing with his original, keenly detailed slice-of-life songs, blazing his own blues trail. With the 2016 release of his Alligator Records debut, The Chicago Way, Cannon burst onto the international stage as one the most electrifying bluesmen to emerge from Chicago in decades. His live performances unfailingly earn him heaps of critical praise and hordes of wildly enthusiastic fans. Cannon has played major cities all over the U.S., Canada, and Europe. He recently performed for the first time in Japan, delighting and surprising audiences with one unforgettable gig after another. Now, with the release of The Preacher, The Politician Or The Pimp, Cannon builds upon the foundation he's laid, creating and defining his vision of contemporary blues.

The Preacher, The Politician Or The Pimp features twelve Cannon originals, ranging from the burning social commentary of the title track to the wryly told, up-to-the-minute truths of Insurance to the trademark Cannon humor of Stop Me When I'm Lying and Ordinary Woman. He gets serious on the haunting The First 24, the Martin Luther King-inspired The Silence Of My Friends and on the moving final track, I'm Not Scared. Cannon's blazing guitar and soul-baring vocals are front and center. His songwriting is inspired by his deep Chicago roots, the wisdom of his grandparents and his years of observing the public while driving a bus. His songs tell timeless stories of common experiences in uncommon ways.

"It's not about the solos," Cannon says, "It's about the songs. People get used to everyday life, so it's easy to miss the things around them. I write about those things. I know the problems of Chicago, the hardship, 'cause we're always a scapegoat. But I choose to love and respect the city because of the Chicago blues giants that came here from down south. I'm proud to be standing on the shoulders of every great Chicago blues musician who came before me."

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