Muddy Waters band-any others sound similiar?

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Muddy Waters band-any others sound similiar?

Postby cheyenne » Thu Sep 08, 2005 1:24 pm

Hi all. A guy I know likes blues but he's fairly particular, and almost all he listens to is Muddy Waters electric CD's, the ones with the band etc..

I've played some stuff to him like older solo acoustic delta blues, john lee hooker, r.l. burnside, lightnin hopkins etc.. but usually it's not 'his thing' as it's either too raw, or 'too much guitar stuff going on'.

So I don't know who to recommend who is NOT Muddy Waters but has a similiar sort of sound, as that's what he enjoys the most. I'm not talking anything jazzy, but also not quite so full on with overdriven slide etc.. just good electric chicago-style blues with a tight band I guess is what you could call it.

Suggestions I can pass on?
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Postby jeffl » Thu Sep 08, 2005 3:29 pm

Howlin' Wolf,and Little Walter.
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Postby cheyenne » Fri Sep 09, 2005 1:26 am

Ah Howlin Wolf of course.. I'll pass that on, thanks jeffl.
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Postby stumblin » Fri Sep 09, 2005 5:37 am

[updated:LAST EDITED ON Sep-09-05 AT 01:37 AM (EST)]This had me a bit stumped yesterday. It could convincingly be argued that there are/were no "Muddy Waters soundalikes".
However, I suspect your man might very well get off on some other Chicago blues-stylists. Have you tried introducing him to the recorded works of Elmore James? And if he fails to like Hound Dog Taylor, there's something wrong with him.
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Postby cheyenne » Fri Sep 09, 2005 6:24 am

>This had me a bit stumped yesterday. It could convincingly
>be argued that there are/were no "Muddy Waters
>soundalikes".
>However, I suspect your man might very well get off on some
>other Chicago blues-stylists. Have you tried introducing him
>to the recorded works of Elmore James? And if he fails to
>like Hound Dog Taylor, there's something wrong with him.

Oh, there's definitely is something wrong with him, as he's not even too keen on electrified chunky butt-shaking overdriven stuff like fat possum's artists etc.. haha
But anyway, Hound Dog Taylor is one I haven't thought of, i'll mention that, and I don't think he's heard Elmore James much either.

3 good suggestions so far! Thanks.

As for your question of Muddy Waters soundalikes, well, I certainly didn't mean people who sound like HIM, it's more that whole mood of the band and the songs. Bit hard to explain, but a simple concept nonetheless.
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Postby ricochet » Fri Sep 09, 2005 2:09 pm

>Oh, there's definitely is something wrong with him, as he's
>not even too keen on electrified chunky butt-shaking
>overdriven stuff like fat possum's artists etc..

Well, there's no point in talking to him any more then.



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Postby savage » Fri Sep 09, 2005 9:59 pm

[updated:LAST EDITED ON Sep-09-05 AT 06:09 PM (EST)]also check out the album: Muddy and the Wolf

in my opion there is no substitution for mr. waters... as he's ona my favorite electric blues players.... but he played with a handfull of other artists and bands so there's a pretty reasonable selection when it comes to muddy
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Postby howlnwoof » Fri Sep 09, 2005 11:42 pm

My favorite "Muddy" sounding guy is little known Chicago harp player Eddie Burks . The guy had a HUGE voice , a solid harp tone , and a typical Chicago sounding band .....This Old Road , released in 1992 on his own Rising Son label contains solid versions of King Bee , Hoochie Coochie Man , Mojo Workin , Lil Red Rooster , Sloppy Drunk , etc . He recently passed away as the result of a car accident .
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Postby slidnslim » Sat Sep 10, 2005 8:59 am

Or big Bill Morganfield!

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Postby maxx england » Sat Sep 10, 2005 1:36 pm

And if he fails to
>like Hound Dog Taylor, there's something wrong with him.

Amen. I have seen people who say Many Bad Things about the blues struggle to stand still when confronted with the original Slide Hooligan.

As for Chicago type stuff, what about Magic Slim? Otis Rush? Basically, throw a Chess sampler at him, if he can't find something he likes, consider euthanasia.
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Postby cheyenne » Thu Sep 15, 2005 1:32 pm

Thanks guys, i've passed on all this info just now, and he's going to listen to Mr. Hound Dog first, so hopefully it's stuff that he likes! haha..
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Postby mickeypainless » Thu Sep 15, 2005 2:59 pm

[updated:LAST EDITED ON Sep-15-05 AT 11:00 AM (EST)]>>>so hopefully it's stuff that he likes!

If he DOESN'T like it, maybe ya otta re-think your friendship with him! :7
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Postby dcblues » Fri Sep 16, 2005 12:28 am

[updated:LAST EDITED ON Sep-15-05 AT 08:29 PM (EST)]Robert Nighthawk and Jonny Shines. I don't think either has any bad recorings out and you can hear a lot of Nighthawk's influence in Muddy's slide guitar.

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Postby roy bluesboy » Mon Sep 19, 2005 11:32 am

If he is particulary stubborn, Try jimmy Rogers. Played w/muddy's band sings alot of muddy's songs & MR plays on many of his recordings. Actually on alot of his stuff its the entire m.w. band but just switching frontmen. His singing & playing style are different, but not so much it would turn your buddies sensabilities ag'in it. Oh yeah, Hounddog's cool too. Y'know he had 6 fingers on one hand (ok - 1 thumb & 5 fingers)? I sure would like to make regular chords & slide too! ha-ha. Roy bb
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