When: Sat., Dec. 26, 8 p.m. 2015
It was inevitable: Mud Morganfield, the eldest son of Muddy Waters, has recorded an album of his father’s tunes. Together with blues harmonicist Kim Wilson—who can re-create Little Walter’s licks quite well—Morganfield released For Pops: A Tribute to Muddy Waters (Severn), a 2014 record that won “Best Traditional Blues Album” at the Blues Music Awards in Memphis earlier this year. The family bloodline gives Morganfield a distinct advantage; his voice is so close to his father’s you’d swear it was an album of old-track remakes that Muddy had locked away in the vaults. However, Morganfield is more than just a walking Muddy Waters jukebox. Prior to this record he released two discs composed mostly of originals that helped him establish his own identity. Plus, it should be mentioned that, unlike his dad, Morganfield is primarily a vocalist—in a genre where most male artists play an instrument, this is a rarity. However, since his throat is his meal ticket, the singing certainly isn’t an afterthought. The man has enough lung power to cut through any guitar lick.