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Happy 100th Birthday Muddy Waters

Muddy+Waters+PNGMuddy Waters would have turned 100 today, a good time to take a few minutes to look back at the music of one of the legends who helped define Chicago Blues. It’s hard to really put a handle on just how important Muddy was to the blues. Back in the 50’s and 60’s when Chicago was really hopping with blues you could see Muddy Waters, Howlin Wolf, Sonny Boy Williamson, Little Walter and so many others at the clubs scattered across the cities South and West sides. Muddy was influential for so many blues artists but also was revered by the British invasion musicians who often came to Chicago just to seek out and watch Muddy play. A couple of videos that should be required viewing….the first is a classic from the Newport Festival.


and then a longer video from Soundstage. This was a show that was broadcast on July 18th, 1974. Just check out this track list and list of musicians and then enjoy the video below. Happy 100th Muddy!



Tracks:
“Blow Wind Blow/Introduction” (4.12)
“Welcome and talk about the blues” (all)
“Intro by Nick Gravenites/Long Distance Call” (10.41)
“Messin’ With The Kid” (3.47)
“10 Long Years” (6.03)
“Mannish Boy” (6.20)
“Wang Dang Doodle” (3.12)
“Walkin’ Thru The Park” (4.20)
“Hoochie Coochie Man” (5.09)
“Sugar Sweet” (4.20)
“Got My Mojo Working” (6.16)

Artists:
Muddy Waters, vocals, guitar 1-3,6,9,11
Michael Bloomfield, guitar 1-11
Dr. John, vocals 10, piano 1,2,5-11
Phil Guy, guitar 7-9
Willie Dixon, vocals 7,9,11
Koko Taylor, vocals 2,7,11
Buddy Miles, drums 2,6-11
Johnny Winter, vocals 2,8, guitar 6-11
Junior Wells, hca 3-6,8-11, vocals 2,4,5
Nick Gravenites, vocals 2,4, intro 3
Muddy Waters’ Band (probably):
Al Radford, bass 1,3-11
Willie “Big Eyes” Smith, drums 1,-3-5
“Pine Top” Perkins, piano 1,3,4,11

Mem Shannon Live @ Kingston Mines May 17th, 2001 – promo

This is a promo video we did for the kickstarter project we are working on. It starts with the All Star ID and then goes into a song from a TCBX live broadcast we did with Mem Shannon on May 17th, 2001 at Kingston Mines. This was the first time Mem Shannon played at Kingston Mines and it was jammed. Mem was feeling it that night and the crowd was literally shaking up the floor. Of all the shows we did from Kingston Mines (200+) this Mem Shannon broadcast may be the one that was most listened to and circulated. We knew several listeners who had recorded this broadcast and passed it on to different music fans in multiple countries exposing them all to the funky goodness that Mem brings to the stage every night.

Mem’s debut album was the same year TCBX started broadcasting on KRUI in Iowa City, IA. It was fall of 1995 and I was broadcasting the show in Telluride, CO while Cornbread was doing the show in Iowa City, IA where we had started it together as students earlier that year. I can still remember getting a phone call from Cornbread and him telling me I had to check out this new CD by a Cab Driver from New Orleans named Mem. Needless to say it took about 2 songs and one of Mem’s crazy taxi conversations (anyone who has heard the album A Cab Driver’s Blues knows what I am talking about) to get me hooked….and I haven’t looked back ever since. We did a lot of broadcasts, recordings, and interviews with Mem over the years and hopefully we’ll be able to share them with you here in the future. If you ever have a chance to go out and see Mem live don’t miss the opportunity because he is truly one of the great ones and as great as he is on CD he is even better live and person when you can not only hear the funk but you can feel it as well. Hope you enjoy this one as much as we have over the years.


Son Seals – On My Knees (from 80’s TV Show)

Longtime TCBX fans and even casual listeners know how much we truly loved Son Seals. The Bad Axe was a true bluesman and Cornbread and I spent countless incredible nights at clubs around Chicagoland and the Burbs watching Son and his band tear it up. Son almost always featured multiple horn players in his bands during that time period and it was great. Personally I would love to see more blues bands use horns today but unfortunately the economics of leading a band doesn’t always allow for those luxuries. Son was the complete package though, he grew up living behind his father’s Juke Joint and was exposed to all kinds of blues and musicians at an early age. I came across this video today from an 80’s era TV show and enjoyed it because it featured Son in a more traditional blues band setup without the horns. I know Snapper Mitchum is the bass player in this video but like the poster I am not sure of the other members. Can any blues fans name them?

Over the years we have had a chance to do many recordings with Son Seals and did dozens of interviews with him including one memorable remote broadcast where Son decided to stop by and sit in with us for most of the show spinning blues and telling stories. We’ll get some of those interviews up on the site soon but for now enjoy this look back at a Titan of Chicago Blues and one of my own personal favorites…the legendary Bad Axe….Son Seals.