Mud Morganfield review 03-14-12

MUD MORGANFIELD

SON OF THE SEVENTH SON

SEVERN RECORDS CD 0055

SHORT DRESS WOMAN–SON OF THE SEVENTH SON–LOVE TO FLIRT–CATFISHING–HEALTH–LOCO MOTOR–MONEY (CAN’T BUY EVERYTHING)–MIDNIGHT LOVER–GO AHEAD AND BLAME ME–LEAVE ME ALONE–YOU CAN’T LOSE WHAT YOU AN’T NEVER HAD–BLUES IN MY SHOES

 

Larry “Mud” Morganfield is the eldest son of blues icon McKinley Morganfield, who was forever known to blues fans as Muddy Waters.  Muddy popularized the classic “Chicago sound,” and his son proudly carries the torch he’s been passed with the release of his latest CD for Severn Records, Son Of The Seventh Son.”  Produced by Bob Corritore, Mud cuts loose on seven originals, as well as a couple of tunes made famous by his father.

 

The backing band is a virtual “who’s who” of contemporary players with experience in that classic combo sound.  Rick Kreher and Billy Flynn are on guitar, E. G. McDaniel is on bass, Harmonica Hinds and Bob Corritore share harp duties, Barrelhouse Chuck is on keys, and the son of another legend, Kenny “Beedy Eyes” Smith, is on drums.  They mesh together seamlessly to give authenticity to the whole project, and bring out the absolute best in Mud’s vocals.

 

The set kicks off with the shuffling good-times of “Short Dress Woman,” setting the tone for the rest of the album.  Check out the slow burn of “Health,” with some fine organ from Barrelhouse Chuck, and  the poignant lyrics, “what good is being rich without good health.”  Chuck’s organ is again prominent in “Money (Can’t Buy Everything), and the minor-key “Midnight Lover” who is caught up in the web of tryin’ to love two.

 

We had two favorites, too.  Mud uses the titles and characters from many of “Pop’s” songs to create the ultra-cool title cut.  And, Mud has an uncanny vocal resemblance to his father, and nowhere is that likeness more evident than in his version of the classic tune that was used as the recurring theme of Martin Scorsese’s PBS documentary, “Presents The Blues,” from 2002.  It’s  “Can’t Lose What You Ain’t Never Had,” and Mud’s rich baritone and the wailing slide guitar accompaniment makes  this one a real treat.

 

Somewhere up in blues heaven, Muddy is smiling down upon his son.  Mud has successfully continued his family tradition, and “Son Of The Seventh Son” is a sure-fire hit!!   Until next time….Sheryl and Don Crow.

 

 

 

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