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Folk Singer

Muddy Waters

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An intriguing anomaly in Muddy Waters' catalog, this 1964 album is an all-acoustic full-band recording that was intended to appeal to fans of the era's folk revival. In fact, there's nary a folk song to be found here—most of the tunes are penned either by Waters or the album's producer/bassist, Willie Dixon. The unamplified setting and low-key arrangements let Muddy move into an unprecedentedly intimate mood, maximizing the bottom end of his range for a feel that's alternately ominous ("My Captain") and sensual ("Big Leg Woman"). It's a departure from his signature sound, but it stands up today as one of Muddy's most memorable outings.

Customer Reviews

muddy waters folk singer

this record inspired me to begin my musical career. recommended for everyone.

Muddy Waters Unplugged

Mr. Morganfield unplugs and goes back to his roots and adds one of the greatest living guitar players, Buddy Guy, and bassist Willie Dixon. Ummm... I have several Muddy Waters collections and I think this may be one of my favorites and is pushing to the top of my all-time favorite blues albums. If you like the blues and if you like Muddy Waters, this is a great addition to your collection.

Mr. Waters, thank you.

This music makes the hair on the back of the Devils neck stand up. Not sure you can get more soul than this.

Biography

Born: April 4, 1915 in Rolling Fork, MS

Genre: Blues

Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s

Muddy Waters was the single most important artist to emerge in post-war American blues. A peerless singer, a gifted songwriter, an able guitarist, and leader of one of the strongest bands in the genre (which became a proving ground for a number of musicians who would become legends in their own right), Waters absorbed the influences of rural blues from the Deep South and moved them uptown, injecting his music with a fierce, electric energy and helping pioneer the Chicago Blues style that would come...
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