by Doug Collette
The partnership of guitarists/vocalists Johnny Winter and Muddy Waters in the late-seventies was a collaboration in the truest sense of the word. The success and recognition that arose from their teamwork-- Hard Again (Blue Sky, 1977) and I'm Ready (Blue Sky, 1978), which both won Grammys-- inspired them to take to the road. Winter and Waters invited the redoubtable James Cotton, blues harpist extraordinaire, to join them, and a recently exhumed recording of a live performance fronted by this illustrious ...read more
by Peter Madsen
Muddy Waters! Muddy Waters! Muddy Waters!
Damn this man could sing and play the blues. Lately I've been listening to his very first recording done for the Library of Congress in 1941 in the fields of the Mississippi Delta. Absolutely some of the finest music ever!!
Beginning in 1933 music researcher and historian Alan Lomax was working for the Library of Congress traveling throughout the Southern United States making field recordings of American traditional music with ...read more
by Ed Kopp
The blues is the progenitor of most popular music in America, but it hasn't always gotten the respect it deserves. The recorded history of the blues proves the point. Prior to World War II, very few white people had ever heard any authentic blues music. Up until the late 1950s, blues labels could only afford to record and market singles, never albums. Even today the blues is widely regarded as the old-fashioned cousin of jazz, rock and rap, when it ...read more
by Al Rearick
Trust the British to go and dig up as much blues roots as possible. The blues as a music form was born in the states with folks like Robert Johnson, Son House and Muddy Waters. It was a blend of art culture that trickled into American interest, but, like so many other artforms, soon faded into near obscurity. With bands like the Rolling Stones, the Yardbirds, Mayall's Bluesbreakers and Led Zeppelin, we can thank the Motherland for keeping the blues ...read more