Blues At The Crossroads
Born in 1913, McKinley Morganfield famously known as Muddy Waters, was a songwriter, singer, bandleader and guitarist. His work is not limited to one genre and he has sung and played various blues, country blues, Chicago blues, electric blues, delta blues, rock and R&B songs. Apart from doing vocals, he played harmonica as well as guitar. He is the artist of world-famous hits like ‘Sugar Sweet’, ‘Mannish Boy’, ‘Don’t Go No Farther’, ‘Forty Days and Forty Nights’ and ‘Trouble No More’. He is part of Rolling Stone magazine’s ‘100 Greatest Artists of All Time’ list and ranks number 17 on it.
Howlin’ Wolf’s real name is Chester Arthur Burnett and he was born in 1910 in Mississippi. He is among the best American guitarists, harmonica players and singers of the blues genre. He is especially popular for his contribution to electric blues and blues rock and some of his hits include ‘Spoonful’, ‘Smokestack Lightnin’”, ‘Killing Floor’ and ‘Back Door Man’. One reason Wolf was so famous was his tall and imposing form that went with his booming voice. Rolling Stone’s list of ‘100 Greatest Artists of All Time’ has him on the 51st
spot. Even though they were friends otherwise, both Wolf and Waters were professional rivals and this rivalry led to a rise in music standards and many exceptional hits from both singers. Blues at the Crossroads has performances from phenomenal artists like JJ Grey, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Jody Williams, Bob Margolin and James Cotton.
The Fabulous Thunderbirds has Kim Wilson for harmonica and lead vocals, Jason Moeller for drums, Johnny Moeller and Mike Keller for guitar and Randy Bermudes for bass guitar. Wilson has led the band since its inception and he is known for his unique style. In the start, the T-birds strictly used to follow a blues routine but gradually, it incorporated southern rock and R&B and sub-genres of blues like Texas and swamp blues to its music. The band has generated hits like ‘Wrap it Up’ and ‘Tuff Enuff’ and many of its songs have been featured in commercials and movies. The T-birds has a huge fan base and has been honored enough to join Eric Clapton and The Rolling Stones on tours.
JJ Grey was born in Florida and originally got inspiration for his songs from Southern rockers, soul legends and country musicians like Lynard Skynyrd, Toots Hibbert and Otis Redding. He has played with great artists like Mavis Staples, Booker T. Jones, Ben Harper, Jeff Beck and B.B. King. Grey does the vocals, acoustic and electric guitar, harmonica and electric piano for his southern rock band, JJ Grey & MOFRO. In 2011, he had his first solo tour, during which he performed in different clubs. His songs have been featured in movies and shows like House, The Deadliest Catch, Crash, Flashpoint and The Hoot.
Joseph Leon Williams, commonly known as Jody Williams is a blues singer and guitarist. He is famous for his string-bending, creative chord changes and unique tone that really influenced Chicago blues in the 50s. His famous hits include ‘You May’, ‘All Your Love’ and ‘Lucky Lou’. He has also covered some of Wolf’s songs like ‘I Didn’t Know’, ‘Who Will Be Next’ and ‘Evil Is Going On’.
Winner of a Grammy Award, James Cotton is a blues songwriter, singer and harmonica player. He has not only performed with legendary artists like Led Zeppelin, Steve Miller, Santana, B.B. King, Howlin’ Wolf and Muddy Waters but also has a stable solo career. Bob Margolin is a blues vocalist and guitar player who tours all around the world with The Bob Margolin All-Star Blues Jam and his very own band. He is the winner of Blues Music Award (2008) for the guitar category. Margolin played guitar for Water’s band for a period of seven years.
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