Friday, March 15, 2013

Portland Tribute to Muddy Waters

This just in from our pal Bill Rhoades in Portland:

Muddy Waters Birthday / Tribute
Friday April 5th
Duff's Garage Bar & Grill
1635 SE 7th Ave - Portland, OR.
8:00 pm to 12:00 midnight
Admission $12.00 at door

"I Got A Black Cat Bone - I Got A Mojo Too" - I'm Your Hoochie Coochie Man

Muddy Waters during his Guild endorsement days.

April 5, 2013 will be a special day for blues fans here in the Northwest. On this date at Duff's Garage we'll be celebrating the birthday of Muddy Waters - the King of the Chicago Blues!

Some of the finest blues musicians from the Pacific Northwest will be combining on this night for a celebration of the great bluesman Muddy Waters and his influence on any and all who play blues music!

Our special guest from Santa Barbara, CA. will be the the fantastic French/American Bluesman Franck "Paris Slim" Goldwasser.  Franck is a guitar player and vocalist extraordinaire, who honed his chops in the infamous Eli's Mile High Club house band in Oakland, CA for well over 15 years. Franck will be playing both solo and in a band setting at the show.

From here in Portland will be a man well versed in Muddy's songs and style - Alan Hager! Over the years Muddy's songs have been a staple of Alan's live shows and set list. Alan will also be playing solo and with the band and stinging that slide guitar!

Blues pianist and vocalist D.K. Stewart is on the bill and will have his Otis Spann/Big Maceo licks ready to burn. A perfect compliment to any Muddy Waters' songs were his great piano men and D.K. fits right into that 88 keys spot!

Two harmonica men who were greatly influenced by Muddy Waters and his fantastic harpmen will be blowing the blues at this show. Bill Rhoades and Jim Wallace (2012 Muddy Award winner - Best Harmonica) grew up hearing Muddy's tunes with Little Walter,
Big Walter Horton, Junior Wells, James Cotton, George "Harmonica" Smith and others, writing the book on how to play blues harmonica while backing up Muddy on his tunes. They'll bring their own Northwest roots and styles to this show!

Another blues guitar giant on the bill is Portland favorite Lloyd Jones! On this night Lloyd has his own Muddy Waters bag of tricks, both solo and band wise. Lloyd has been playing Muddy's tunes since his introduction to blues - many years ago! Solid stuff!

And no blues band would be complete without a dynamite rhythm section. Don Campbell is well acquainted with the Willie Dixon school of bass and a veteran of many Northwest blues bands! And back to the USA from the Netherlands is percussion expert Boyd Small.
Boyd has been a sought after drummer here in the Northwest for many years and over the last decade has been woodshedding with the Dutch blues players. Great chops and vocals!

One thing that Muddy Waters did in all of his fine groups was to let his sidemen step out front and do their thing! That's what will be happening on this show, with all the artists playing their favorite Muddy tunes and paying tribute to one of the greatest bluesmen who ever lived. A happy birthday celebration to Muddy Waters!

See you at the nightclub, kids!

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