Chicago blues singer Tommy McCracken was born in Cincinnati, Ohio and was raised
in Atlanta, Georgia. He traveled extensively as a featured gospel-singing soloist with his grandmother and grandfather, who was a pastor and evangelist. The family relocated to Chicago where Tommy continues to reside today. In 1974 McCracken started singing professionally and he formed his own band, The Force of Habit, around 1975.


Since then he has become a regular presence on Chicago’s club scene and one of Chicago’s most physical blues entertainers, using the entire stage, somewhat in the manner of James Brown or Jackie Wilson.

Since 1984, McCracken has frequently been a featured entertainer at Chicago’s Kingston Mines, one of the world’s best known blues venues. He also regularly appears at such local blues hot spots as Buddy Guy’s Legends and B.L.U.E.S. on Halsted. In addition he has travelled widely in the U.S., Canada, and through out Europe.

He frequently draws on his evangelical experience to “preach” his performances, combining revival tent fervor and rock-’n-roll at the state fair mic stand antics and leg splits. Accompanying Tommy McCracken will be his multi-talented band, Force of Habit, a group of veteran blues musicians led by Chicago entertainer and band leader, Bob Johnson. Tommy McCracken and the Force of Habit band deliver a high-energy barrage of blues and gospel.


In 2005 he released a set of tracks entitled, Finally, on the Blue Baron label.

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