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Big Bill Morganfield

Many men try to fill their father's shoes when they join the family business. Few, however, must prove they are up to the task in front of an audience as large as the one that watched Big Bill Morganfield. Blues lovers the world over revere his late father, Muddy Waters.

Morganfield didn't take up the challenge until several years after his dad passed away in 1983. When he realized he wanted to delve into the world of blues as his father had, he purchased a guitar, intending to pay homage to the legendary Waters, whose real name was McKinley Morganfield. That tribute was six long years in coming, years that Morganfield spent teaching himself how to play the instrument. An evening spent playing at Center Stage in Atlanta with Lonnie Mack followed. The audience, which numbered 1000, went wild over the performance and set the novice musician's spirit afire.

He went on to establish a contemporary blues group, but abandoned the idea after several months. Dissatisfied with the music he was making, he pulled back from performing to further hone his skills. He concentrated on traditional blues and also learned how to write songs. During this time, Morganfield supported himself by teaching. He possesses degrees in English and communications, which he earned at Tuskegee University and Auburn University, respectively.

The years of dedication and hard work paid off handsomely. Morganfield's debut album, Rising Son, was released in 1999 to popular and critical acclaim. The magazine Guitar Player expressed their belief that Morganfield's album would have brought a smile to his father's face. The following year, the W.C. Handy Awards dubbed Waters' son the Best New Blues Artist.

Morganfield recorded Rising Son in Chicago, the site of many of Waters' recording sessions. Bob Margolin, Waters' guitarist, served as producer and also appeared on the album. Featured were several of Waters' bandmates, including: drummer Willie "Big Eyes" Smith, piano player Pinetop Perkins, and harmonica player Paul Oscher. Also in attendance was blues bassist Robert Stroger, an ex-member of Sunnyland Slim's band.

Ramblin' Mind, Morganfield's second album, featured an appearance by Taj Mahal on two songs, which also featured Billy Branch on harmonica. Mahal also contributed his original composition "Strong Man Holler" to the album. One of Waters' songs, "You're Gonna Miss Me," also was included.

Morganfield grew up in Florida, where he resided with his grandmother, and later made his home in Atlanta. He performed in a tribute to his father staged at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. He kept in his possession his father's guitars and a touring amp. ~ Linda Seida
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Bloodstains on the Wall

1. Lost Without Love

2. I Don't Know Why

3. When You Lose Someone You Love

4. Too Much

5. Help Someone

6. Bloodstains on the Wall

7. Can't Call Her Name

8. Wake up Baby

9. Keep on Loving Me

10. I Am the Blues

11. Help the Bear

12. Hold Me Baby

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Track List: Blues With A Mood

1. Look What You Done

2. Havin' Fun

3. Money's Gettin' Cheaper

4. Ooh Wee

5. No Butter For My Grits

6. Tight Things

7. Devil At My Door

8. I Feel Alright Again

9. Another Lonely Night

10. Hot Love

11. Son Of The Blues

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Track List: Born Lover

1. Too Late Brother

2. High Gas Prices

3. My Love Is Real

4. Born Lover

5. You've Got the Nerve of a Brass Monkey

6. My Last Affair

7. Peace of Mind

8. I Play Dirty

9. Who's the Fool?

10. Lonesome Lonely Blues

11. X-Rated Lover

12. One Kiss

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Track List: Blues In The Blood

1. Boogie Child

2. Evil

3. Hoochie Coochie Girl

4. Left Alone

5. Trapped

6. Whiskey

7. Feel Like Dyin'

8. Love You Right

9. Anything Just For You

10. Strong Love

11. Time To Go

12. Why Don't You Live So God Can Use You

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Track List: Ramblin' Mind

1. Mellow Chick Swing

2. Strong Man Holler (Feat. Taj Mahal & Billy Branch)

3. Roll With Me

4. What's The Matter

5. People Sure Act Funny

6. Ramblin' Mind

7. Trace Of You

8. Dirty Dealin' Mama (Feat. Bob Margolin, Pinetop Perkins & Paul Oscher)

9. Foolish Love

10. My Doggy's Got The Blues

11. Troubles

12. Highway 69

13. Little Angel

14. You're Gonna Miss Me (Feat. Taj Mahal & Billy Branch)

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Track List: Rising Son

1. Diamonds At Your Feet

2. Left Hand Blues

3. I Just Keep Lovin' Her

4. The Same Thing

5. Dead A** Broke

6. Cryin' Days

7. Sloppy Drunk

8. Screamin' And Cryin'

9. Baby How Long

10. Don't Want To See You Go

11. Champagne And Reefer

12. Rising Son

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Muddy Water's son. Muddy's real name was Chester Morganfield.

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