Muddy Waters 100

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‘MUDDY WATERS 100’ featuring
JOHN PRIMER, GARY CLARK, JR., JOHNNY WINTER, JAMES COTTON, KEB’ MO’, DEREK TRUCKS, SHEMEKIA COPELAND, BOB MARGOLIN
  Out July 24 2015

Raisin’ Music Records has announced the release of Muddy Waters 100 on JULY 24 2015.

This officially authorized centennial tribute to Muddy Waters, Muddy Waters 100 celebrates, commemorates and contributes to the musical legacy of this American icon.  Produced by two-times Grammy-nominated producer Larry Skoller (Heritage Blues Orchestra/ Chicago Blues: A Living History), the CD comes with a hard-cover book with 48 pages illustrated with black and white photography by some of the greatest photographers of Muddy’s time.  Also included is an original essay by Robert Gordon, Grammy-winning author of the definitive Muddy Waters biography Can’t Be Satisfied – The Life and Times of Muddy Waters.

Muddy Waters 100 includes fifteen newly-recorded tracks featuring Muddy Waters Band alumni and many of today’s most pre-eminent American blues and roots artists including John Primer, Gary Clark Jr., James Cotton, Keb’ Mo’, Johnny Winter, Derek Trucks, Bob Margolin, Billy Branch and Shemekia Copeland backed by some of the greatest musicians on the Chicago blues scene including The Living History Band featuring Kenny “Beedy Eyes” Smith (drums — son of longtime Muddy drummer Willie ‘Big Eyes’ Smith), Johnny Iguana (keyboards), Felton Crews (bass) and Billy Flynn (guitar).

Vocalist/guitarist John Primer, who played with Muddy until his death in 1983, is recognized as one of today’s most crucial keepers of the Chicago blues flame.  For Muddy Waters 100, Primer gives a deeply personal tribute to the man he knew so very well.  Other distinguished Muddy Waters alumni on this recording include harmonica legend James Cotton and guitarist Bob Margolin (who played alongside Muddy for seven years and was very close to the man and his music).  The late great blues guitarist/producer Johnny Winter played on the song “I’m Ready” for this album just a few weeks before he passed away in July 2014.  (“I’m Ready” is the title track from Muddy’s Grammy-winning album produced by Winter back in 1978 — one of two albums that Winter produced for Muddy in the late ’70s.  Cotton & Margolin also played on the Winter-produced I’m Ready album).  Along with Muddy alumni, this gathering of some of the most pre-eminent blues and roots artists of today makes this tribute truly an exciting event.

Muddy Waters 100 is a centennial celebration of Waters’ musical legacy and puts the spotlight on the inextricable mix of old and new school that Muddy left in his wake.  The newly-recorded songs on this album represent the various periods and styles of Muddy’s musical path, from his 1941 recordings on Stovall plantation in Mississippi to his arrival in Chicago and subsequent evolution during the 1940s and 1950s, including his pioneering electric guitar sound at the Chess Records studios.  By design, this album has not taken a strictly archival approach in its treatments of Muddy’s songs.  Some tracks are handled traditionally; there are also contemporary treatments and new arrangements that focus on today’s sounds.

Muddy Waters would be a hundred years old today…The whole story of the blues can be heard, felt, and learned in the life of Muddy Waters…Born April 4, 1915…in the soggy part of Rolling Fork, Mississippi, this mannish boy would soon move north in the delta with his grandmother to Stovall Farms, near where the train lines crossed in Clarksdale, and from there to Chicago.  He absorbed the rhythm and feel of the south until it was part of his bones, electrifying that sound in the industrial north.  His 1958 trip to England planted ideas there that would awaken America to its indigenous sounds.  Muddy’s music ignited a cultural revolution…from the brutal and fertile fields of Mississippi, he changed the world.  The tiller of the soil became the definer of a nation, the symbol of freedom.  Muddy’s achievement is emblematic of American democracy, the ultimate triumph of the dirt farmer, bringing respect to the disrespected.  He did it with his guitar and with his voice, touching emotions that touched traditions.  A century has passed, but we are still building on the foundation that Muddy Waters established, his sound and style still going strong.  His influence is everywhere around us.” (from Robert Gordon’s liner notes essay).

www.muddywaters100.com

 

 

Read about the new album from the blues legend Muddy Waters 100

Read about the new album from the blues legend Muddy Waters 100

Read about the new album from the blues legend Muddy Waters 100

 

 

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