18th annual Blues Music Award Nominations 2017
Best Album & Contemporary Album - The Chicago Way
Contemporary Blues Male Artist | Best Song - "Walk it Off" written and performed by Toronzo Cannon - The Chicago Way
Blues Music Awards 2014 | Rock Blues Album - John the Conquer Root - Nomination
Throughout the history of Chicago blues, the intensely competitive local club scene has served as a proving ground, where only the best musicians rise to the top. Iconic blues artists from Muddy Waters to Howlin’ Wolf to Koko Taylor to Hound Dog Taylor to Luther Allison all paid their dues in the Chicago blues bars before making their mark on the world. The same holds true today, as newcomers look to living legends like Buddy Guy, Eddy Clearwater and Lil’ Ed Williams for inspiration in taking their music from Chicago to fans across the globe. Now, Chicago-born-and-raised blues guitarist /vocalist/ songwriter Toronzo Cannon is ready to write his own story as he claims his place as one of the city’s most popular and innovative blues musicians.
CHICAGO BLUES. COM
"In a lot of ways, The Chicago Way is Cannon’s rebirth. This album represents a cosmic shift in his thinking, his writing, and his playing. He speaks more fluently now and his words are sparse, yet concise, and effective. Yes, he can scream with his guitar, but now he can move us with as much or more immediacy when his guitar whispers. For all his advancement and improvement, Cannon has not lost one iota of emotional content; if anything, he has gained immensely."
GET READY TO ROCK RADIO REVIEW 2016
"Toronzo Cannon is a valuable addition to the Alligator catalogue, in as much as he’s a contemporary blues man with old school values who has the ability to communicate outside of the realm of cliché. A conversation with the blues never sounded so fresh and honest." ****½
ELMORE MAGAZINE 2016
"The word ‘electrifying’ characterizes every single tune in both his incendiary guitar soloing and heartfelt vocals."
The Chicago Sun-Times
“The Bridgeport resident (and CTA bus driver) was immersed in the world of blues by hanging around Theresa’s Lounge. Today he’s one of Chicago’s new greats."