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Showing posts with label Big Bill Morganfield. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Big Bill Morganfield. Show all posts

Friday, March 10, 2017

Big Bill Morganfield - Bloodstains On The Wall - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Bloodstains On The Wall from Big Bill Morganfield and it's outstanding! Opening with a solid Muddy like track, Lost Without Love, shows deep soul and excellent vocals with nice guitar riffs by Morganfield, Colin Linden, Chuck Cotton, Eddie Taylor Jr,  bass by Bill "Mookie" Brill, and drums by Grant Clifton. On Willie Dixon track, I Don't Know Why, Steve Guyger adds real nice harp work and Bob Margolin tips in on guitar. Barton Szopinski really dazzles the keyboards on When You Lose Someone You Love, and Big Bill's slide work is raw and rowdy. Excellent! Boogie track, Help Someone really rolls again with the piano strength of Szopinski and the Mofo Party Band on backing especially John Clifton on harp and Grant Clifton on bass. Nice! Another slow and rudimentary blues right out of the Mud catalog is title track, Blood Stains On The Wall. Augie Meyers sits in on piano with Taylor, Linden and Cotton on guitar, Doc Malone on harp and Brill on bass. Willie Dixon's I Am The Blues is another favorite on the release featuring a brilliant guitar solo Bill Clifton and dazzling and super piano work by Szopinski. With a big strut, Jimmy McCracklin's Help The Bear rolls in with Szopinski on piano and John Clifton on harp. Super nice. Wrapping the release is Hold Me Baby, a really eccentric track that is so perfect a conclusion of this release. It not only has all of the components on early blues but has modern sounds that I have a difficult time describing. It is a really cool track and a great closer.

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Friday, March 1, 2013

Black Shuck Records artist: Big Bill Morganfield - Blues With A Mood - New Release Review

I just received the new release, Blues With A Mood, by Big Bill Morganfield and it's quite good. Opening with Muddy's Look At What You Done, Morganfield wastes no time at all getting into a cool Chicago groove. Featuring Morganfield on vocal, Steve Guyger this is a great track. Havin' Fun is a slower number along the lines of How Long Blues. Augie Meyers plays a very nice piano piece on this and is joined by Colin Linden with some cool acoustic guitar work. Money's Gettin' Cheaper opens with Eddie Taylor Jr. on a real sweet T-Bone style guitar solo and Morganfield delivers on a real nice Texas style loping blues. This is a real cool swing blues track. Willie Dixon's Ooh Wee provides a nice platform for Big Bill's vocals and the strong harp attack of Guyger who really does a nice job on this track. No Butter For Miy Grits is a swampy old style track with nice slide work from Linden and adds harp work from Richard Doc Malone. A story telling style track, there is a lot texture in this track and Tim Mookie Brill and Chuck Cotton on drums really hold it tight. Tight Things, a Latin rhythm blues track again finds Linden playing some really cool guitar riffs with Cottons on tom percussion and backing by Jim Horn on Sax. Devil At My Door has a very traditional Chicago sound when the delta was just creepin' in. I really like this track. A lot of old dirt on this track. I think that this is Morganfield's best vocal and writing effort on this release. Malone brings up the heat with some real smokey harp riffs. Another Lonely Night is a hot swing number which is really well balanced. Taylor plays a nice guitar solo early in the track, followed closely by horn on sax. Morganfield finds the fretboard for a solo on this track as well and the crew is rockin'. Hot Love is another track which oozes Chicago blues. Morganfield takes a nice guitar solo on this track and his vocals are spot on. Laying in the groove Taylor rips out another great guitar solo on this track and Meyers plays some cool piano as well. Ending with Son Of The Blues, a very early John Lee Hooker like track, Morganfield really conjures the sounds of the fathers. This is a great track due to the vocal styling as well as all of the individual sounds added by the musicians. The piano and slide work are just perfect. Great track!

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