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Red Hot 'n' Blue

The Legendary Blues Band

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Album Review

For their second album, the Legendary Blues Band — featuring members of Muddy Waters backing band, including Pinetop Perkins, Peter Ward, Calvin Jones, Jerry Portnoy and Willie Smith — nearly captured the big, powerful sound of Muddy at his peak. Perkins and Jones don't have the same presence as Waters, but they're fine vocalists in their own right, and the band itself has the same intoxicating rush that made such latter-day Muddy efforts as Hard Again so enjoyable. And that means that Red Hot 'N' Blue is as close to Waters as you're going to get without Muddy himself — and that means it's one of the better Chicago blues records of its era.

Biography

Formed: 1980 in Chicago, IL

Genre: Blues

Years Active: '80s, '90s

The Legendary Blues Band includes Calvin Jones (b.1926, Greenwood, Mississippi; bass, violin); Willie Smith (b.1935, Helena, Arkansas; drum); various others on vocals, guitar, harmonica, and piano. When the Muddy Waters band quit the master en masse in 1980, most of the sidemen stuck together and formed their own group. The Legendary Blues Band, as they were named, included Pinetop Perkins, Jerry Portnoy, Willie Smith, and Calvin Jones throughout its early years. Short-term member Louis Myers, another...
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