Mud Morganfield and Kim Wilson review…August 16, 2014…

MUD MORGANFIELD AND KIM WILSON

FOR POPS: A TRIBUTE TO MUDDY WATERS

SEVERN CD 0064

GONE TO MAIN STREET–JUST TO BE WITH YOU–I DON’T KNOW WHY–I WANT YOU TO LOVE ME–STILL A FOOL–MY DOG CAN’T BARK–SHE’S GOT IT–I LOVE THE LIFE I LIVE, I LIVE THE LIFE I LOVE–BLOW WIND BLOW–NINETEEN YEARS OLD–I WANT TO BE LOVED–TROUBLE NO MORE–I JUST WANT TO MAKE LOVE TO YOU–SHE MOVES ME

In conjunction with the Centennial anniversary of the birth of Muddy Waters, his son, Larry “Mud” Morganfield joined talents with harp man Kim Wilson of the Fabulous Thunderbirds and a slew of other top-ranked players steeped in the tradition of deep Chicago blues to record “For Pops: A Tribute To Muddy Waters,” on the Severn label.

Joining Mud and Kim on this project are players that both men as well as producer David Earl hand-picked, based on not only their abilities, but their passion for this music.  Thus we have Barrelhouse Chuck on piano, Steve Gomes on bass, (who also co-produces), Robb Stupka on drums, and the twin-guitar attack of Billy Flynn and Rusty Zinn.

Mud wanted to record some of his father’s more famous tunes, of course, but also some of the lesser-known ones to show the breadth and scope of Muddy’s talents.  Even with a few cuts that may be familiar to only hard-core fans, every cut is a powerhouse.  The band knows the material, and, yes, the more one listens to Mud, the more he sounds like his dad.

The jams kick off with Mud “Gone To Main Street to put shoes on your feet.”   Next up, it takes a man with cast-iron stones to “call my mother-in-law honey” in order “Just To Be With You.”  Kim is all over this one, blowing that killer riff over Mud’s vocals to drive it home.   The slide guitar and harp interplay is sweet in the rapid-fire pace and staccato backbeat of “My Dog Can’t Bark,” while Kim busts out the big ole chromatic on the big-band-ish swing of “I Don’t Know Why.”

There is no way to pick a favorite here, but we were partial to a couple.  The haunting tale of those “two trains running” thru the chill of a Rolling Fork night is the theme of “Still A Fool,” with Mud moaning the blues over Robb’s pounding, Doomsday-like beat.  And, one of the lesser-known cuts is a killer stop-time story of  a one-of-a-kind lover, “She’s Got It!”

This tribute was a labor of love, and the love Mud feels for his father and for this timeless music shows thru on every groove of this CD.  “For Pops: A Tribute To Muddy Waters” is indeed a set that would make “Pops” proud!  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society.

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