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Celebration of Muddy Waters with John Primer, Bob Margolin and Paul Oscher (Episode #1913H)

KQED Life: Sat, Nov 11, 2017 -- 7:00 PM

Muddy Waters is an American Icon. The whole story of the blues can be heard, felt, and learned in his life. Country blues were Muddy's roots and remained at his core, but through the force of his artistry he transformed them. With electricity, volume, the weaving of bass and guitar lines with piano, harmonica and drums, he created the ensemble sound and subsequently the template for future Rock and Pop groups including the Beatles and The Rolling Stones. His music's raw power and energy, plus his attitude and magnetism - Muddy was the prototype for the iconic Rock'n Roll star - are still the major ingredients that inspire the popular music we listen to today.
Muddy Waters 100 is a tribute album to Muddy's music and legacy on the occasion of his 100th birthday. Produced by Grammy-nominated producer Larry Skoller, the album includes 15 newly recorded tracks featuring Muddy Waters Band alumni and many of today's most preeminent American blues and roots artists This WoodSongs Special Event Broadcast will be celebrating the music and legacy of Muddy Waters and feature two of the artists on this historic Grammy nominated release plus another legendary blues musician.
Performing on this broadcast: John Primer is recognized as one of today's most crucial keepers of the Chicago blues flame. He broke through playing with the great Willie Dixon, spent more than a decade alongside Magic Slim, and has released 15 albums of his own. In between Willie Dixon and Magic Slim, though, was the event that changed his life. Muddy Waters asked John to join his band, a gig which John faithfully remained with until Muddy's death in 1983. John has since then felt a genuine responsibility to carry on Muddy's legacy. In fact, John handles most of the lead vocals and guitar playing on Muddy Waters 100.
Bob Margolin is a multi-award winning guitar player/songwriter/singer/producer. Inspired by Chuck Berry, he started playing guitar at age 15 and immediately started performing in local rock and blues bands. Margolin was hired by Muddy Waters in 1973 and toured the world and jammed with many great blues and rock musicians, "but the biggest thrill was playing Muddy's Blues with him." Muddy brought Margolin with him to special shows and recordings including the Grammy Award-winning 'Muddy Waters Woodstock Album' and The Band's 'Last Waltz' concert. Since leaving Muddy's band in 1980, Margolin started his own band, won several BMA's, produced albums for numerous artists including Muddy's son Big Bill Morganfield, played on several Grammy-winning records, began a second career as a music writer, and produced and consulted on reissues of Muddy Waters' recordings for the Blue Sky Label for Sony/Legacy. His latest solo release is 'My Road' and appears as a special guest on Muddy Waters 100.
Paul Oscher is an award-winning blues singer, songwriter, recording artist, and multi-instrumentalist, (harmonica, guitar, piano, melodica, and bass harp). He first came to national attention as Muddy Waters' harmonica player from 1967-1972 following in the footsteps of Little Walter, Junior Wells, James Cotton, and Big Walter Horton. Paul was was the first white musician in the world to become a full-time member of a black blues band of this stature. Paul is currently in the process of writing a book about his life's experience in the blues and has won multiple BMA's as a solo artist. WoodSongs Kids: Patrick Long & Connor Stith perform in a highly renowned blues band around Bowling Green, Kentucky called Mo' Pie. The band has performed at the youth showcase at the International Blues Challenge on Beale Street several times. Patrick is 16 and from Clarksville, Tennessee and Connor is 17 from Bowling Green, Kentucky.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Sun, Nov 12, 2017 -- 1:00 AM

Alison Brown Quartet, Frank Solivan, and Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley (Episode #1912H)

KQED Life: Sat, Nov 4, 2017 -- 7:00 PM

Compass Records was co-founded in 1994 by musicians Alison Brown and Garry West in 1994. Called "one of the greatest independent labels of the last decade" by Billboard Magazine, Compass Records has provided a thriving haven of creativity for artists and a reliable beacon of quality for music fans. Michael will be exploring the state of the music business with Alison and celebrating the label's importance on roots music.
Performing on this broadcast: Alison Brown is one of today's finest progressive banjo players. With her new Compass project, 'The Song of the Banjo', the 2015 IBMA Distinguished Achievement Award and 2001 Grammy Award-winning musician/composer/entrepreneur plants another flag in her ongoing journey of sonic exploration.
Frank Solivan built a reputation as a monster mandolin master when he left the cold of Alaska for the bluegrass hotbed of Washington, D.C. Following Frank Solivan & his band Dirty Kitchen's Grammy nomination, IBMA Award, and top prize in the Mid-Atlantic Song Contest, Frank continues to impress in 2016 with a solo release, 'Family, Friends & Heroes' on Compass Records.< br>Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley is unique collaborative effort between two gifted musicians. Rob Ickes is a longtime, well-established instrumental giant (Blue Highways) and won IBMA Dobro Player of the Year fifteen times. Trey Hensley is newly arrived in Music City, bursting with talent both as a vocalist and guitarist. Their new album, 'Before the Sun Goes Down', was released on Compass Records. WoodSongs Kid: Amelia Eisenhauer is a music prodigy from DuQuoin, Illinois now living in Nashville. She was recently featured on American Idol.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Sun, Nov 5, 2017 -- 1:00 AM
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