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Mud Morganfield Biography
Over Last two years, Mud Morganfield eldest son of the undisputed king of the Blues Muddy Waters
has been delivering his charismatic Chicago blues of the highest order to audiences around the world.
Stunned audiences from Russia, Sweden, Australia, Denmark, Brazil, Argentina, Denmark Spain, Mexico
and the UK have experienced the Mud effect. He looks and sounds strikingly like his old man, so much
so the one of his dad's former sidemen said "It's like watching a ghost in the flesh!" Mud, however also
has his own very individual mojo working and will be coming to the UK to tour with the UK's very own
top blues talent - West Weston: harp, Ronni Buysack-Boysen: guitar, Ian Jennings: double bass, Mike
This son and proud heir of the King of Chicago blues 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's also blessed with a natural sense of
showmanship that ensures that audiences fall right into the palm of his hand. He mixes up the sets with
his dad's classic songs and 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."
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 in fronting an all star band including the legendary
musicans- Pinetop Perkins and Willie Big Eyes Smith to an explosive audience reaction.
“On this, only his second album, (Mud) sounds like a seasoned pro and delivers a
blistering set that honors his dad's legacy while carving out a comfortable niche of his
own.” J. Poet, All Music Guide
“5***** for this one... One of the Best Blues albums released, so far, for 2012.”
John Vermilyea, Blues Underground Network
“With a deep, rich voice that sounds eerily like his father in his prime, Mud has no trouble
channeling the spirit and feel of classic Chicago blues into this release . . . While it’s risky
to mess with a legacy like Muddy Waters’, Mud Morganfield certainly has risen to the
occasion with this release.”
Mark Smith, West Michigan Blues Society
“Son of the Seventh Son confirms what those watching Mud in recent years already know:
that, like his father, he's a star, with the musical backing on this project helping him to shine
even brighter.” Bluespower.com
“Mud has daddy down pat . . . But he has enough sense to realize that while he could
make a pretty good living covering daddy, it don’t hurt to do your own stuff and still sound
like one of the greatest bluesmen to ever pull his feet out of the Mississippi mud and bring
his message worldwide . . . This release works both for fans of vintage Muddy and those
curious to see what has trickled down to his
offspring.” Grant Britt, No Depression
“Really like the Mud Morganfield release. Great job of playing classic Chicago blues
without resorting to cliché levels of performance imitation.” Microwave
Dave, WLRH, Huntsville, AL
“It's said the apple doesn't fall far from the tree nor does the mud stray far from the river,
and that's certainly the case with Muddy Waters' son, Larry "Mud" Morganfield. Like his
dad, the guy practices a form of Chicago blues that's rich and jumpin' but also dark as delta
loam . . . whatever you want, it's pretty much here in this release.”
Mark Tucker, Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
“Despite highlighting the influences Muddy had on his son, it has to be said that
Morganfield is his own man, and only uses his father’s work as a springboard for his own
talent . . . If – like me – you are a lover of classic Chicago blues, then this set is for
you.” Mick Rainsford, Blues In Britain
“Album of the year.” Gary Reinhard, WITR, Rochester
“‘Son Of The Seventh Son’ is a sure-fire hit!!” Sheryl & Don Crow, Nashville
“Mud Morganfield - Son of the Seventh Son – Severn - Yes! Love this traditional stuff. Just
the right amount of production, a great band, real Blues. Heavy play. I'll get good mileage
out of this one.”
Marty Kool, KXCI, Tucson, AZ
“Eldest son of the legendary Muddy Waters, Larry "Mud" Morganfield sounds just like ol'
Pops on this 12-track collection of Chicago blues, but he does so without consciously
trying—it's simply in the genes.” Michael
“Although he’s the eldest of Muddy Waters’ boys and calls himself Mud, this blues dynamo
most definitely has all the right stuff in his genes. Mud’s vocal inflection is spot on to his
dad’s, but it sounds natural not forced, and it’s brimming with soul.” Tom
Clarke, Compact Dreams
“The subtle artistry in Son of the Seventh Son is a gem to be discovered. As the last song
ends, you will be amazed as you realize that you were taken on a trip back to the old days
with a spin of today’s blues. Son of the Seventh Son is music history in the making,
featuring a voice in the blues that is uniquely Mud Morganfield’s.”
Dawn O’Keefe Williams, Chicago Blues Guide
“The atmospheric, spacious arrangements are similarly rooted in Muddy’s era with lots of
loose, spontaneous guitar-piano-harmonica interplay on the various shuffles, mid-tempo
strutters and slow groovers, making this one of the better old school Chicago blues CDs to
come along in some time.” Dan
Willging, Driftwood Magazine
“(Mud) delivers his lyrics in a no-nonsense manner, sounding appropriately gruff on the up-
tempo songs with a little bit of smooth understatement, rather than going for a shouting
delivery. If anyone can lay claim to the brags in the title track, which pulls lines from several
classic blues songs, Morganfield's the man.” Mike
“. . . some of the best Chicago blues I've heard in years. I highly recommend Son of a
Seventh Son to any lover of the blues. Muddy would not be disappointed in how his legacy
is being carried on.” Rhetta
“Morganfield sounds great on these tracks…..some of his vocal inflections are amazingly
identical to his father’s and will bring a knowing nod and a smile to blues fans’ faces when
they hear them. The band is nothing short of fantastic, and Corritore manages to make the
traditional sound brand new with his production. As Bill Mitchell pointed out here last
month, you will find Son of the Seventh Son on plenty of Top Ten lists at the end of the
year.” Graham Clarke, Phoenix Blues Society
“. . . the resemblance between Mud and his famous father is uncanny, and he’s got the
phrasing and delivery down pat . . . this is a fine effort that definitely adds to the
Morganfield musical legacy.” John Taylor,
Blinded By Sound
Mud Morganfield Bath Fringe Festival, Speilgeltent 2011
Wow! Mud Morganfield! The name may be unknown except to experts until you mention that this is
Muddy Waters? McKinley Morganfield's eldest son! Everyone knows who Muddy Waters
Before going to the show tonight, at a BBQ there wasnt a soul who knew Muddy, even after explaining
Blues music, music from the Plantations in southern North America, Chuck Berry, music that moved
from the Mississippi in the South to Chicago US, Muddy's impact on the Rolling Stones naming
themselves after one of his songs is a clue there were vague nods.
Maybe it was the age group twenty somethings maybe its lack of general music knowledge extending
to more than The Beatles or The Rolling Stones or The Arctic Monkeys or Hurts, but even if you scratch
bellow the Stones surface you should get to Muddy. Maybe its the way in which we discover things
today; instead of researching back into history using books no Kindle for this journalist please side
stepping, surfing away on links upon links from Facebook to Twitter to Tumblr to Wordpress to Youtube
and back again.
That in mind then, it is understandable why eldest son of a legend wants to pay respects to, and keep
the spirit of, his However, Mud Morganfield gives you more than that, bringing his own charisma,
feeling and songs to the package also.
The band were: Mike Hellier on drums, West Weston on harmonica, Ronni Boysen on guitar and Ian
Jennings on bass. Two songs in, Mud appears stage right and opens his part of the set with a lets set
the record straight get the elephant out the room type speech about Pops. Except there are no
elephants, Mud is content, grinning and down to earth about who he is and embraces the opportunity
to pay great respect to his father; every parent wants their children to be great or greater than
themselves, I know I want that for my kids, and I respect the years my dad spent in this business,
thanks for coming out tonight?.
First impressions are of humbling star quality. Mud sits on a stool in the middle of the stage and shows
us the magic of the Chicago Blues, expertly performed, guiding the band all the way with take your time
fellas, Gimme a train, West! (On harmonica), lets play the Blues instilling the idea that Blues really is a
state of mind.
The words are animated by his warm, meaningful facial expressions, the quick movements of hands
that mean business and a relaxed composure, letting the music flow through him, channelling it almost,
particularly when he plays Mannish Boy, arm hairs were on end. It really is in his blood and more so,
perhaps, than his own Daddy.
The set, with interval, was a mix of his own songs from his forthcoming album Son of the seventh son a
great cd with a great band, and renditions of songs made popular and written by his father; Got My
Mojo Working, Baby Please Don't Go, Mannish Boy, Hoochie Coochie Man all of which warm the crowd,
and Mud himself gets down, into a dancing frenzy by the end of the show. Brilliant!
Mud Morganfield Band - Norden Farm Fri 27th May 11
Mud Morganfield is a big bear of a showman and on stage he is electric - which is fitting for a artist
steeped in electric blues. His two-hour set at Norden Farm endeared him to the lovers of this musical
genre who had packed themselves into the theatre.
Authentic blues, Chicago style, rarely finds its way to middle-of-the-road, middle class Maidenhead and
even more scarcely with a genuine heritage attached. Morganfield is the eldest son of Muddy
'Mississippi' Waters, legendary icon of the blues, and it was to his father's back catalogue and
influence that he dedicated the show. He also threw in a few of his own, well-honed compilations.
The bluesman, who still lives and works in the Windy City, belted out Baby Please Don't Go, Hoochie
Coochie Man, If You Ain't Got Your Health You Ain't Got Nothing, and one of my favourites I'm Ready For
You, I Hope Your Ready For Me. He was supported brilliantly by West Weston on harmonica, Ronni
Boysen on guitar, Ian Jennings on double bass and drummer Mike Hellier.
Morganfield together with these coolest of cats produced a sound and quality you would expect in the
blues joints on the south side of Chicago or Beale Street in Memphis. It was that good. The big man
finished on a high with Mannish Boy, Got My Mojo Working, and You Gonna Miss Me When I'm Gone.
Morganfield follows in the footsteps of his infamous father with aplomb, but he does it with a gait which
is all his own.
IT could have been downtown Chicago a small Intimate club, booze flowing, smoke filled atmosphere
(but it has to be admitted the smoke was from a smoke machine, not cigarettes). The Dirty Aces, who
are a great Blues combo in their own right came onstage and played a couple of warm up numbers.
There was a great groove in the room, then Giles Robson, who had been singing and playing blues
harp until then, announced, ?Ladies and Gentlemen! All the way from Chicago, Mud Morganfield! All
eyes went to the stairs from the balcony, as Mud made his triumphal entrance, got up on stage and
began to sing. Instantly, you were transported back to the Electric Blues of Chicago, maybe 40 years
ago and the sound, reminiscent of all the classic Electric Blues greats. So who is this guy? Who is Mud
Morganfield Well, its hardly surprising he captures that classic sound, because nobody could come
with a greater pedigree than He is the eldest son of Muddy Waters, who many would credit with the
creation, along with John Lee Hooker and others, of the Electric Blues sound that is still loved by so
many devoted fans, fans that include some of British Rock Musics Royalty.
As he said to the audience I grew up with this kind of thing around our house when I was a kid?. Sitting
casually on a bar stool, Mud turned to the band and said, OK fellas, lets play the Blues and that is just
what they did. With a short break, for over 2 hours they enthralled the packed bar, receiving ovation
after ovation at the end of each number. They played all the classic Blues numbers that one associates
with Muddy Waters and played them exceedingly well but don't be fooled this was no tribute band. This
was a band of Blues virtuos i, who put their own edge on the sound, still classic Electric Blues, but very
much something of today as well. When they left the stage the crown called them back for more. After
an evening of blues classics. The encore saved the best for last with renditions of two Muddy Waters
anthems Ive got my Mojo Working and finishing with the slow ballard Shes Nineteen years Old.
What a The Dirty Aces, a great UK, or should I say Jersey, Blues combo in their own right, were the
perfect backing for Mud. The solid rhythm of Ian Jennings bass and Mike Helliers drums, made a
perfect base for Filip Kozlowskis cutting guitar and Giles Robsons blues harp can only be described as
exquisite. This man could well be the best harmonica player on the Blues scene today. At one point,
Mud joined the band on electric bass. A fantastic evening, thoroughly enjoyed by all who were there. If
you get a chance to see them while they are touring, then do. You will have a good time.
Review, November 2010 by Paul Stewart from the Daily Express.
Headliner time and after a couple of warm up numbers from his excellent band on walked the man
himself Mud Morganfield the oldest son of blues legend Muddy Waters to take a high seat centre stage
and deliver a set of full on Chicago blues, looking the king of cool, dressed in a spectacular gold shirt
and with a voice rich and full of character he delivered a faultless set of blues classics, including of
course several numbers made famous by his father including Baby, Please Don't Go, Walkin' Thru the
Park, The Same Thing and a stunning Hoochie Coochie Man.
Between tracks Mud had the crowd enthralled with stories about his father, and it was very touching to
hear him talk about his pride in being able to play his fathers music for people who never had a chance
to see him perform.
A show stopping Mannish Boy closed the main set and for the encore a red hot Got My Mojo Working
finished proceedings in style to end another great night of the blues here in Leamington, same next
Review by Andrew Lock, Blues Assembly 2, Leamington Spa from Get Ready to Rock.
I wasn't fortunate enough to have ever seen Muddy Waters live and, prior to this gig, had no fixed
ideas about his eldest son. This was simply another opportunity to catch a visiting American blues
musician live in the UK. It was also my first visit to the Forum's smallish bar in the much larger complex
that doubles as the Student's Union for the University of Hertfordshire. A modern juke joint indeed!
The efficient air-conditioning was counteracted by the appearance of Giles Robson and the Dirty Aces,
who raised the temperature with a couple of tunes, featuring some storming harmonica by Giles and
some appropriately enough dirty blues boogie guitar by Filip Kozlowski, more than ably backed by the
experienced Ian Jennings on double bass and Mike Hellier inhabiting the drum stool to great effect.
Mud was then introduced in fine style, to take centre stage and just blow the audience away with his
superb vocals and engaging manner. After instructing the band to "take their time", his rendition of
"King Bee" and "You Can't Lose What You Never Had" was so similar to his father's vocal style and
energy that it was downright spooky, in the most enjoyable way. A snappy dresser in true Chicago style,
Mud commanded attention and participation from the punters, especially during a swinging "Can't Get
No Grinding" with its catchy chorus and enthusiastic backing vocals courtesy of the Dirty Aces. The
audience of predominantly mature students, silver surfers and slap-heads were fully onside by now.
The analogy that "it was like watching a ghost in the flesh" was never more apt than during a stomping
"Hoochie Coochie Man" that took us to the break.
The second set was equally entertaining, with the Dirty Aces giving us their interpretation of "Dollar
And A Quarter", previously made popular by Junior Wells, featuring more rasping harp by Giles and
terrific backing by the rest of the band. With Mud returning to his stool centre stage and letting
everyone know that "No One Take My Place", the second set featured more top drawer Chicago blues,
including slower numbers that simmered with intensity. "What Else Can I Say" was Mud reflecting on a
broken heart and "The Same Old Thing" a declaration about his dad's favourite music.
"Baby Please Don't Go" might have been covered by just about every musician alive, but this felt like it
was a fresh and original composition somehow. Inevitably, Mud mimicked his father's vocal roar at the
start of "Mannish Boy" which closed the set on a real high, before upping the ante once more during
the encore of "Got My Mojo Working", which featured a chance for each musician to shine.
For one brief evening, I was transported to the Checkerboard Lounge, or Buddy Guy's Legends,
although I did appreciate the shorter trip home from Hatfield with an early start at work the next day.
What else can I say? Mud Morganfield is the genuine article and a real showman - just see him live!
Darrell Parsons in Blues in Britain 2010.