Lifelong Chicago resident Bill Dahl began writing about music professionally in 1977. He’s free-lanced for many publications including Vintage Rock, Goldmine, Living Blues, Blues Revue, Blues Music Magazine, the Chicago Tribune, and the Reader, and is the author of The Art of the Blues, a 2016 book published by University of Chicago Press, and 2001’s Motown: The Golden Years (Krause Publications).
Bill specializes in writing liner notes for CD reissues, focusing predominantly on music of the 1950s, ‘60s, and ‘70s (soul, R&B, blues, doo-wop, rockabilly, country, rock and roll), as well as contemporary blues. He was nominated for a Grammy in 1998 as one of the liner notes writers for Rhino’s Ray Charles Genius & Soul: The 50th Anniversary Collection. He produced and compiled Bear Family’s Plug It In! Turn It Up! Electric Blues 1939-2005—The Definitive Collection!, which won the 2013 Blues Music Award for Historical Album. Bill was the 2000 winner of the Blues Foundation’s Keeping the Blues Alive Award in journalism.