This year’s Chicago Blues Festival did something important. Not only did it showcase the best and brightest blues artists, it also showcased artists that, while maybe not traditional blues players, took their inspiration from the blues. Among them were rapper Rhymefest, Rhisannon Gidden, and of course, Gary Clark Jr. These young (or youngish) artists carry on the tradition of the blues. This proves that the blues is very much alive and in good hands.