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For Pops

Mud Morganfield & Kim Wilson

Severn Records 2014

Review by David Bowling

Any number of offspring have tried to live up to the legacies set by their fathers and mothers. This is also true in the field of music. Very few children have had such high expectations due to, in this case his father, as has Mud Morganfield who is the son of McKinley Morganfield, better known as Muddy Waters.

Mud began performing after his father’s death in 1983. He has now returned with a studio album in honor of the 100th anniversary of his father’s birth, April 4, 1913. His running mate for the album is Kim Wilson, founding member and vocalist/harmonica player of The Fabulous Thunderbirds. Here he provides support through his expertise on the harmonica.

He has chosen material associated with his father. Half of the 14 tracks were written by his father and five more by bluesman Willie Dixon. Some are well known but he is wise enough to dig a little deeper into his catalogue for material.

Mud ‘s voice has a similar style and sound to his father. While he may never have the musical impact of his father who was probably the most influential post World War II bluesman, he is a more than competent vocalist who is able to bring his passion and emotion to the blues.

Songs such as “Gone To Main Street,” “Blow Wind Blow,” “”Trouble No More,” “I Just Want To Make Love To You,” and “She Moves Me” all have a live feel, which gives them a vibrancy. His vocal interpretation of the material is enhanced by Wilson’s playing as they form a talented twosome.

Mud Morganfield has produced an album from the heart. That it is a very good blues album chronicling the music of his father is a bonus.

Rating: ***1/2