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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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