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Muddy Waters' Eldest Son Mud Morganfield UK Tour

Mud & Sinead O'Connor Photo: Simon Redley
Mud & Sinead O'Connor Photo: Simon Redley Mud Morganfield Photo: Alan White Mud Morganfield Photo: Alan White

Muddy Waters was one of the undisputed founding father's of blues music. Like most of the originators, he is no longer with us; but his music lives on today through blues artists worldwide.

If you never saw Muddy on stage in person, you'll know his music for sure if you love the blues. But..................there is one artist out there right now who not only LOOKS the spitting image of Muddy, but he SOUNDS just like him too. Mud Morganfield.

A pretty good reason for that, perhaps; when you know he is the eldest son of McKinley Morganfield, aka Muddy Waters. Over here on a UK tour right now, Mud was a guest on the BBC TV music show, "Later....With Jools Holland," this week, on the live Tuesday show and he will be seen on the extended show on Friday night (23rd Nov) on BBC2.

He has a crack band of UK and European players with him, for the TV show and his UK tour dates, including bass player Ian Jennings who has played with Clapton, Beck, Plant and was on the last albums by Sir Tom Jones. Respected drummer and booking agent Mike Hellier is behind the kit (look out for the bright orange Yamah gear he has changed to from his usual DW kit, for the TV spot and the tour.) West Weston plays some mean blues harmonica, Ronni Buysack-Boysen is on guitar and Eric Ranzoni on piano. On the TV show, Jools Holland joined the band on Hammond organ.

Mud has just won two big "Blues Blast" awards in the USA.:"Traditional Blues CD Of The Year," for "Son Of The Seventh Son," and the "Sean Costello Rising Star Award."

Mud Morganfield has been delivering his charismatic Chicago blues to audiences around the world non stop in the last two years, in Russia, Sweden, Australia, Denmark, Brazil, Argentina, Denmark Spain, Mexico and the UK.

One of his Dad's former sidemen said: "It's like watching a ghost in the flesh!" But despite the looks and sounding like Muddy, Mud has his individual mojo working and is blessed with a big and powerful voice that can manage to convey deep emotional resonance on the slow numbers and good old fashioned testosterone laden strut on those classic shuffles. He also has a natural sense of showmanship.

He mixes Dad's classic songs with his own original material. As Mud puts it "I started to sing to show the world that Dad left me here. I love and am proud to sing his songs just like I love and and will always be proud of him. I'm not Muddy Waters and I'm certainly not trying to be Muddy Waters. I'm Mud Morganfield, but when I'm up on stage I always feel pops is there with me, and it means so much that I can get on stage and keep his music alive around the world." Muddy Waters passed away in April 1983.

He has shared the stage and gained the respect of many of his Dad's ex sidemen and Chicago blues superstars. Buddy Guy, Kenny Big Eyes Smith, Eddie "The Chief" Clearwater, Pinetop Perkins, Jimmie Johnson, Mojo Buford, to name but a few and at The 2009 Chicago Blues Festival he shared front man duties with his younger brother Big Bill Morganfield, fronting an all star band including the legendary musicans- Pinetop Perkins and Willie Big Eyes Smith to an explosive audience reaction.

Catch him in the UK now, and grab those tickets fast as at least one date (Keighley) has sold out since the BBC TV appearance.

Mud Morganfield UK tour dates:

Thursday, 22/11/2012, Swindon Arts Centre, 6 Devizes Road Town Centre, Swindon SN1 4BJ 01793 614 837
swindon.gov.uk/artscentre

Friday, 23/11/2012, Keighley Blues Club, Keighly Cougars RLFC, Hall of Fame Bar, Roydings Ave, Keighley BD21 3RF 01535 600310
http://www.keighleybluesclub.net/ ** SOLD OUT **

Saturday, 24/11/2012, Boisdales, Cabot Place, Canary Wharf, London, E14 4QT 020 7715 5818
http://www.boisdale.co.uk/

Monday, 26/11/2012, Norwich Arts Centre, St. Benedicts Street, Norwich, Norfolk NR2 4PG 01603 660352
http://norwichartscentre.co.uk/

Tuesday, 27/11/2012, The Stables, Stockwell Lane, Wavendon, Milton Keynes, MK17 8LU 01908 280800
http://www.stables.org/

Wednesday, 28/11/2012, Blues Kitchen, 111-113 Camden High St, London NW1 7JN 020 73875277
http://www.theblueskitchen.com/

Thursday, 29/11/2012, The Flowerpot, 23-25 King St, Derby DE1 3DZ 01332 204 955
http://www.rawpromo.co.uk/

Friday, 30/11/2012, Palladium Club, Lower Gunstone, Bideford, Devon EX39 2DE 01237 478860
http://www.mjpromo.co.uk/

Saturday, 01/12/2012, John Phillips Hall, University of Wales, Bangor Gwynedd LL57 2DG 01248 383206
http://www.bangor.ac.uk/news/full-event.php.en?nid=9965&tnid=9965

More info: http://www.movinmusic.co.uk/mud_morganfield_muddy_waters_jr.htm

Photo of Mud & Sinead O'Connor chatting after filming BBC TV's "Later With Jools Holland," : copyright: Simon Redley (Head shots x 2 By Alan White)
Words SIMON REDLEY

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