Monday, December 24, 2007
Yahoo LAUNCHCAST Song Of The Day-Big Bill Morganfield
Artist:Big Bill Morganfield
Song:Strong Man Holler
It must be tough to grow up as the son of one of the greatest blues artists ever but Big Bill Morganfield has come to terms with that and has become one of today's top blues artists. He was born June 19, 1956 in Chicago the son of the great Muddy Waters. He was raised by his grandmother in Florida and later moved to Atlanta. Bill was initially reluctant to try and fill his dad's shoes but he eventually tried several years after his dad's death in 1983. He wasn't happy with the initial results so he worked as an English teacher while honing his guitar skills. Morganfield signed with Blind Pig Records and made a strong debut in 1999. This CD and the 2001 follow up Ramblin' Mind were produced by long time Muddy Waters guitarist and producer Bob Margolin. Morganfield writes a lot of his own songs but Strong Man Holler was written by the legendary Taj Mahal. Taj also guests on a couple of songs along with Pinetop Perkins and harmonica player Billy Lupkin. Morganfield's latest CD is 2003's Blues In The Blood. Of course it's impossible for Big Bill Morganfield to ever fill his father's legendary shoes but he has his own niche in the modern blues spectrum and is a talent worth watching. Here's an interview Big Bill Morganfield recently did in San Diego with Vince Outlaw.