It's said the apple doesn't fall far from the tree nor does the mud stray far from the river, and that's certainly the case with Muddy Waters' son, Larry "Mud" Morganfield. Like his dad, the guy practices a form of Chicago blues that's rich and jumpin' but also dark as delta loam in cuts like the famous title track. Listening to it, though, one detects more than a little John Lee Hooker in Mud—as this gent's also a bit of story-teller—as well as some Bo. In Son of the Seventh Son, when the singer lays down his lines, everyone picks 'em up.
With a five to six man band behind him, the ambiance of the CD is full and weighty while lakeside breezy, a door opened from a juke joint onto the nighttime skies of Erie and Huron, but the cats who really thicken everything up are the harp players Harmonica Hinds and Bob Corritore (the latter also producing the entire affair). Not long ago, I essayed my box set of Hooker's Vee Jay years (1955—1964), six CDs, 70 minutes each of pure blues bliss, and Morganfield's latest flanks it beautifully, spare enough not to crowd you out of the room, full enough to lack for nothing, and sufficiently intimate to pull ya forward in your chair, laying aside the fifth of Johnny or Jack to dig the yarns and grooves.
More than half the disc was written by Morganfield and stands up very well to the standards as well as to the contributions by Corritore and guitarist Billy Flynn. Health speaks to the necessity of keeping your ass in good order, a quite contemporary sentiment, but the swingin' bouncy Loco Motor sprints right back to the wellsprings, concerned about tripping down to New Orleans so the singer can find him "a queen with long black hair and no underwear". Midnight Lover is atmospheric and lonely, ringing with stars and deep yearning, the sort of thing Fleetwood Mac could lay back into during its glory days (the first 4 LPs), a slow lazy dream trip, and thus, whatever you want, it's pretty much here in this release.
Edited by: David N. Pyles
Copyright 2012, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
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