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Steady rollin' with Bob Margolin and Muddy Waters: Part 2

Bob Margolin
Bob Margolin
Bob Margolin

As noted in the previous post, Bob Margolin and Bob Corritore perform Wednesday night at Biscuits and Blues in San Francisco. I became acquainted initially with Margolin’s guitar playing through his years with Muddy Waters. Margolin provides the following on his website describing his years with Waters.

In August 1973, I went to see Muddy at Paul’s Mall in Boston. He had seen me in opening bands and had been very encouraging to me because I was trying to play his style of “Old School” (Muddy’s term) Chicago Blues. He had just lost longtime guitarist Sammy Lawhorn and he hired me to play in his band. While most musicians in modern times learn from listening to recordings, Muddy put me on his right side on the bandstand so I could watch him play guitar. I fully appreciated that opportunity while it was happening, and tried to use it to learn to give Muddy what he wanted on the bandstand, and for myself.
Muddy’s band toured the world and jammed with many great Blues and Rock musicians, but the biggest thrill was playing Muddy’s Blues with him. He brought me with him to special shows and recordings too, when he sometimes didn’t use his whole band, to give him a familiar sound when he worked with other musicians: In 1975, we recorded Grammy Award-winning “Muddy Waters Woodstock Album,” his last with Chess Records, featuring Paul Butterfield, and Levon Helm and Garth Hudson from The Band.
In ‘76, Muddy brought me with him to San Francisco to perform at The Band’s “Last Waltz” concert. Martin Scorsese filmed the concert for the classic film. As it happened, only one camera was operating during our performance, zooming in or out, and since I was standing right next to Muddy, I was in every shot while he sang a powerful “Mannish Boy.” Now, when the movie is shown on TV, everyone I speak to tells me, “I saw you on TV!” for a few days. Then they tell me I looked scared, happy, mad, excited, or bored, or however they would have felt in my place.

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