Folk Singer

Muddy Waters

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Folk Singer

When Muddy Waters was performing Delta blues on Mississippi plantations in the early '40s, he couldn't possibly have imagined that he would one day be marketed as a folk singer. But this album, thrust out there to capitalize on the early '60s folk surge, is very much a Delta blues album — acoustic, low-key, sexy and midnight spooky — wrapped in a clear, warm recording. Waters' inimitable brawny bellow really jumps out amid the acoustic guitar, bass and subtle drumming (on most tracks). Five bonus tracks on the 1999 CD issue bring in a feistier vibe, with rollicking pe-anna and wailing harp.

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Eric Snider

Eric Snider is the dean of Bay area music critics. He started in the early 1980s as one of the founding members of Music magazine, a free bi-monthly. He was the pop music critic for the then-St. Petersburg Times from ‘87-’93. Snider was the music critic, arts editor and senior editor of Weekly Planet/Creative...
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