Vance Kelly (born January 24, 1954, Chicago) is a soul-blues singer and guitarist, who has performed regularly at various music venues in the Chicago area, chief among them the 1815, Checkerboard Lounge, Rosa's Lounge, Kingston Mines, Buddy Guy's Legends, and B.L.U.E.S. A long-time staple of the Chicago blues scene, Vance "Guitar" Kelly has wowed critics and fellow musicians for twenty-five years, but has somehow managed to slip beneath the radar of mainstream blues music fans. Bluebird is Kelly's sixth studio album, and a sure bet for increasing the audience of the Living Blues Award-winning guitarist. A collection of original soul-blues songs, Bluebird also features covers of Isaac Haye's "Little Bluebird" and Roosevelt Sykes' "Driving Wheel" and includes Vance's daughter Vivian guest-starring on vocals.
Guitarist Johnny Whitehill has been a fixture on the British blues scene since the 1970s, emerging as a star while a member of the Blues Burglars, the band he formed with harpist Paul Lamb in the early '80s. As a guitarist, his inspirations and influences came from the likes of B.B. King, Freddie King, Albert King, T-Bone Walker, Albert Collins, Robert Johnson, Blind Boy Fuller, Lightnin' Hopkins, et al., and, later on, fellow British bluesman Peter Green, among others. He has recorded albums of his own intermittently, amid two decades working mostly with Paul Lamb & the King Snakes – the successor band to the Blues Burglars – and since the opening of the 21st century has toured England with his own group, Johnny Whitehill's Real Deal.