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Pinetop Perkins

PostPosted: Sat Sep 25, 2004 6:55 pm
by jeffl
Pinetop Perkins ( piano ) and Willie Smith (drums) are at Famous Dave's in Minneapolis, Mn., this weekend. I haven't heard Pinetop live since the early 70's, and he's gotta be 90, but what the heck. Maybe BBQBOB,Bosco or one of you guys can tell me if he's got anything left. Willie used to drum with Muddy ( I think ), and I think he's still playin' drums, but maybe he's playin' bass. I dunno. But, if you wanna catch a legend before he's gone, there it is.

RE: Pinetop Perkins

PostPosted: Thu Oct 21, 2004 4:58 am
by doc williamson
I was fortunate enough to spend some time talking with Pinetop when we were in The Delta. Pinetop was staying in the same place we were. He is 91 and a little frail and certainly not as robust as when I first met him over 25 years ago. But, who would be at 91? I watched Pinetop play on three different occasions and he still has chops. Pinetop is probably the last living link to the old style barrelhouse piano music that was made by men whose names have been largely forgotten now.

I developed a nice friendship with Pat who manages and cares for Pinetop, she also manages Willie "Big Eyes" Smith who played drums in Muddy's 1970s band. Pat told me that they are moving to Austin, TX and Pinetop will tour occasionally.

Willie now fronts his own band and is quite a harmonica player and singer. He rarely plays drums except with Pinetop and Pinetop always wants Bob Stoeger on bass, if possible.

From the information that was posted here on BRB several months back I was able to make Pinetop laugh. One late morning Pinetop and I just happened to be outside and talking together. I told him, "I just want to shake your hand one more time as the only man I know that was hit by a train in his car and survived." Pinetop got the biggest laugh out of that.

RE: Pinetop Perkins

PostPosted: Tue Jul 26, 2005 9:07 pm
by tjkeysman
I love Pinetop and he is coming to South Bend, IN

here are the details

TICKETS ARE ON SALE NOW for the "Train to Rock 'N Roll City" to be held Saturday, August 6, at the Jon R. Hunt Plaza located in front of The Morris. The event features headliner Pinetop Perkins and is sponsored by The Vine. Opening bands include: Driftwood, Funk Harmony Park, and Little Frank and the Premiers. The event opens at 4:00PM and the show starts at 5:00PM.

Tickets are $15.00 in Advance/$20 Show Day and can purchased at The Morris Box Office or over the phone at 235-9190 or (800) 537-6415. The Box Office is open Monday-Friday 10AM-6PM and Saturday 10AM-2PM. You can also purchase tickets 24 hours a day online at Welcome Pinetop Perkins back to South Bend!


Train to Rock 'N Roll City with Headliner Pinetop Perkins
at Jon R. Hunt Plaza Located in Front of The Morris Performing Arts Center

Headliner Pinetop Perkins – considered the most famous blues pianist of all time –
returns back to South Bend at age 93. Before moving to Austin, Texas, in 1999, he lived in LaPorte, Indiana, and made numerous appearances in South Bend during the mid to late 90’s, igniting the local blues scene. Local blues musicians were tickled to be in the presence of a legend!

Pinetop Perkins is one of the last great Mississippi bluesmen still performing. He has made a living playing blues since 1926 and is widely regarded as one of the best blues pianists. Pinetop created a style of playing that has influenced three generations of piano players and will continue to be the yardstick by which great blues pianists are measured.

Born Willie Perkins, in Belzoni, MS, in 1913, Pinetop started out playing guitar at house parties and honky tonks, and switched to piano after sustaining a serious injury that made picking a guitar painful. He started using the name "Pinetop" out of admiration for his mentor, Clarence "Pinetop" Smith and is best known for playing piano in the great Muddy Waters Band during the band’s highest career point. Pinetop and other Waters' alumni formed the Legendary Blues Band in 1980. He eventually left to concentrate on a solo career and has headlined nearly ever major showcase room in North America and most of the major festivals here and abroad.

After leaving town at age 87, Pinetop has been hard at work touring around the world, winning lifetime achievement awards and even getting Grammy nominations. This will be Pinetop’s first performance in South Bend since he left the area and will be quite the homecoming!

Opening Bands: Driftwood, Funk Harmony Park, Little Frank and the Premiers.Event times: 6 Aug 2005 (Sat)
4:00 PM Event Opens
5:00 PM Show Starts
Ticket Information:

$15.00 - In Advance
$20.00 - Show Day

Tickets can be purchased at the Morris Box Office or over the phone at 235-9190 or (800) 537-6415. The Morris Box Office is open Monday-Friday 10:00AM-6:00PM and Saturday 10:00AM-2:00PM. Tickets can also be purchased 24 hours a day online at
Tickets website: BUY TICKETS
More info website:
Presented by: The Vine, 103 West Colfax Avenue, South Bend

RE: Pinetop Perkins

PostPosted: Tue Jul 26, 2005 9:22 pm
by jeffl
Very fine post,TJK.... keep 'em comin',please.

RE: Pinetop Perkins

PostPosted: Wed Jul 27, 2005 9:59 pm
by doc williamson
Hi TJ ~ Welcome to BRB! We need more piano players here. I have seen you postings about Pinetop playing in Indiana on other threads. I think I may know you. Is your first name Tom?

"I chose to sing the blues." Ray Charles

RE: Pinetop Perkins

PostPosted: Sat Aug 13, 2005 10:08 pm
by doc williamson
I guess TJ has left the building.

"I chose to sing the blues." Ray Charles