Calgary Bluesfest (2008)
One of Chicago's most under-recognized musical treasures, this Alabama native first carved out a career in Mobile before moving to Chicago, where he replaced Mighty Joe Young as rhythm guitar player in Otis Rush's band during the early 60's. Hytower recorded some excellent soul records for Chicago labels Expo and Brainstorm during the latter part of that decade (and even recorded for a Mercury subsidiary Blue Rock).
His band Motif has been together since 1969, backing him live at such venues as the Chicago Blues Festival and on albums including, Peterbuilt, Son of a Gun and his most familiar, the 1988 Root Doctor, the title cut inspired by his father, who was an Herb Doctor. The song has become a blues classic. Roy Hytower became known as 'Doctor Root' by his many fans around the globe, but has officially changed his name to Doktu Rhute Muuzic to both honour his father's profession and to reflect his Kwanzaa belief system.
The accomplished jazz-influenced blues guitarist and educator performs and teaches regularly in Chicago, but he's also widely recognized for his work as an actor. Among his many credits, Hytower has starred in the Black Ensemble Theatre's acclaimed biographies of Muddy Waters, Otis Redding and others, as well as starred in feature films such as Novacaine with Steve Martin and Poltergeist lll with Tom Skerritt.