Tag Archives: Willie Big Eyes Smith

Still teaming: Harp ace Bob Corritore, pianist Henry Gray chronicle two decades of collaborating with Blues Won’t Let Me Take My Rest

We’ve heard him on joint projects with the likes of John Primer and Tail Dragger, and also as a guest on recordings from Diunna Greenleaf, Mud Morganfield, Louisiana Red, The Mannish Boys, and Dave Specter, to name just a few, not … Continue reading

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Sons of the blues Mud Morganfield, Kenny “Beedy Eyes” Smith team with players from fathers’ pasts on latest releases

We’ve talked here plenty of times before about the numerous second generation bluesmen and women doing their parts to help keep their fathers’ music alive. So we were of course delighted to learn of separate new projects involving two true … Continue reading

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Johnny Winter box set chronicles nearly 50 years of blues rock legend keeping True to the Blues

With five decades worth of hard-driving rock and blues under his belt, it’s hard to believe that there hasn’t been a definitive box set of Texas blues-rocker Johnny Winter‘s music before now. Perhaps it was precisely the daunting nature of … Continue reading

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A year after his death, Willie Big Eyes Smith still helping to keep the blues alive; new CD captures performance by blues legend accompanied by friend Roger Hurricane Wilson

A while back, we told you about a Kickstarter project aimed at helping with the costs of a live recording from Muddy Waters band alumnus Willie “Big Eyes” Smith and Georgia bluesman Roger “Hurricane” Wilson. Though the Kickstarter campaign didn’t … Continue reading

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Help kickstart the blues! Willie “Big Eyes” Smith, Roger “Hurricane” Wilson CD project

More and more independent blues artists, it seems, are looking to fund some of the costs of their next (or first) albums through Kickstarter, a crowd funding website for all types of creative projects. One example of a successful blues … Continue reading

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Quick takes: Volker Strifler, Tail Dragger & Bob Corritore, and Mac Arnold & friends

We’ve had the pleasure of reviewing some pretty terrific albums in recent weeks, including new releases from Mud Morganfield, Curtis Salgado, the Phantom Blues Band, Pinetop Perkins, Janiva Magness, and Lurrie Bell, among others. But those aren’t the only ones worth adding to your blues music … Continue reading

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Heavenly new blues from Pinetop Perkins, Lurrie Bell

It’s been just over a year since the blues world bid farewell to one of its true masters in pianist Pinetop Perkins, who died at age 97 only weeks after receiving a Grammy Award for his Joined at the Hip project with former Muddy Waters … Continue reading

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In fond memory of Willie Big Eyes Smith

Late last week, the blues world lost another of its legends with the passing of drummer and harmonica player Willie “Big Eyes” Smith, who in death is reunited with such former bandmates as the great Muddy Waters and keyboardist Pinetop … Continue reading

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Big Eyes & Pinetop, Buddy Guy pick up blues Grammy awards

The Grammy Awards were announced tonight, with Pinetop Perkins and Willie “Big Eyes” Smith taking home the award in the Best Traditional Blues Album category for Joined at the Hip, while Buddy Guy won for Best Contemporary Blues Album (Living … Continue reading

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Fathers and Sons (and daughters too)

Last week’s post regarding Elmore James, Jr., got me to thinking about some of the other children of blues greats who are helping to keep the genre alive through their own music. A few (in no particular order) who jump to mind: Shemekia … Continue reading

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