FAME Review: Big Bill Morganfield - Blues with a Mood
Big Bill Morganfield - Blues with a Mood

Blues with a Mood

Big Bill Morganfield

Black Shuck Records - BSR002

Available from Big Bill Morganfield's CDs & Downloads page.

A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Bob Gottlieb

Just to get things straight from the start, if the name seems familiar this is Muddy Waters, AKA McKinley Morganfield's son, and it is easy to hear that this apple didn't fall too very far from the tree. He is rooted in the blues of his father and his friend's, players such as Willie Dixon, Howlin' Wolf, and Memphis Slim to name a few. Of the eleven songs here seven were written by Big Bill Morganfield though he leads off the disc with a song that was written by his father. The album is filled with the heavy deep sounds his father, Willie Dixon and John Lee Hooker were known for, what has become known as Chicago Blues.

The band he has supporting these songs is comprised of all top shelf players. For starters he grabbed his fathers old slide guitar player Bob Margolin on a couple of cuts. The other players are no less note worthy and add their depth of experience, Augie Meyers on piano, Colin Linden guitar, Eddie Taylor Jr guitar, Jim Horn on sax, and Tom Mookie Brill on bass, to name but a few of them. These are all experienced players who know when to step up and when to dial it back. This disc, more than anything else, shows the growth of Big Bill and though he uses the music of his father as a base from which to spring, as do so many other musicians, he is also infusing more of his own wit and insight into his music.

Track List:

  • Look What You Done
  • Havin' Fun
  • Money's Gettin' Cheaper
  • Ooh Wee
  • No Butter for My Grits
  • Tight Things
  • Devil At My Door
  • I Feel Alright Again
  • Another Lonely Night
  • Hot Love
  • Son of the Blues

Edited by: David N. Pyles

Copyright 2013, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
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