Mudcat Café Message Lyrics & Knowledge Personal Pages Record Shop Auction Links Radio & Media Kids Membership Help
The Mudcat Cafeawe



User Name Thread Name Subject Posted
GUEST,Steve Latimer Happy Birthday, Muddy Waters (8) RE: Happy Birthday, Muddy Waters 05 Apr 04


Penguinegg,

To me, blues is about feel and tone. Muddy was a master of those. I wouldn't say that B.B. was more proficient. They just played a different style. Muddy played primarily slide guitar and laid the foundation for the Johnny Winters, Duane Allmans etc. B.B. was more influenced by the Jazz players. But the sounds that Muddy wrenched out of live performances of Nineteen Years Old, Long Distance Call, Honey Bee etc are among my favourite musical moments.   


The other thing that must be said about Muddy is that he always surrounded himself with tremendous musicians. The list of people who played in Muddy's bands over the years is a Who's who of Chicago Blues. He also invented the Chicago sound when he plugged in.

I'm a year or two younger than you. I am envious of the people who were in Chicago in the fifties and could regularly see Muddy, Little Walter, Sonny Boy, Howling Wolf et al. in their prime.


Post to this Thread -

Back to the Main Forum Page

By clicking on the User Name, you will requery the forum for that user. You will see everything that he or she has posted with that Mudcat name.

By clicking on the Thread Name, you will be sent to the Forum on that thread as if you selected it from the main Mudcat Forum page.

By clicking on the Subject, you will also go to the thread as if you selected it from the original Forum page, but also go directly to that particular message.

By clicking on the Date (Posted), you will dig out every message posted that day.

Try it all, you will see.