On Saturday January 28th, Boisdale Canary Wharf welcomes a visitor to London from Chicago’s West Side, Larry “Mud” Morganfield, eldest son of Muddy Waters – the man who gave the Rolling Stones and Eric Clapton respectively a name and an inspiration for life.
Morganfield will be appearing with Steve West Weston on blues harp and Mike Hellier on drums. Boisdale are offering a lucky LondonJazz winner a great prize for our first draw of 2012: not just a pair of tickets, but a Boisdale dinner too.
I spoke to Morganfield on Sunday as he looked out of his window onto the Chicago’s famous El, and talked about his famous dad (1913-1983). Muddy Waters used to by his son a drum kit every Christmas.
Morganfield was born in 1954, has done a variety of driving jobs in the haulage industry, but the uncanny resemblance of his voice to that of his much revered father has been turning heads in recent years. Morganfield has become a regular fixture at the Chicago Blues Festival, and a number of American sites are suggesting that his time in the spotlight has now really come.
Morganfield told me that is about to release a third album in March on Severn Records, produced by Bob Corritore (who also plays blues harp), and recorded in Chicago, Son of the Seventh Son, which he told me is his best yet, and of which he is particularly proud. The new album features Kenny Smith, (son of Willie Big Eyes Smith) on drums, Rick Kreher and Billy Flynn on guitar, Barrelhouse Chuck on keyboards.
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