Muddy Waters is known to the world as ‘The Father Of Chicago Blues’, but to Larry ‘Mud’ Morganfield he was known simply as “Pops.” Muddy’s eldest son grew up in the shadow of his father’s indomitable spirit - an original voice of the Delta that electrified the blues on the South Side of Chicago, then introduced it to the world - but is now finally stepping out to pick up his inheritance.
Now a Mullti-award-winning artist in his own right, Mud was brought up surrounded by many of the finest musicians in the Blues. His singing is rooted firmly in the best traditions of Chicago Blues, but he is also a writer of great new songs and he is backed by some of the best musicians playing today. He is acclaimed by both critics and artists such as Buddy Guy and Jools Holland for his own musical ability.
Mud’s award-winning album, “Son of the Seventh Son,” was launched on Severn Records in 2012 and earned great reviews. The album was nominated in the Best Album and the Traditional Blues Male Artist Album categories of the 2013 Blues Foundation Blues Music Awards. In 2014, Mud’s collaboration with Kim Wilson on the album “For Pops,” attracted more critical acclaim and awards. And his latest album, “They Call Me Mud,” was released on March 9, 2018, and is now getting extensive airplay and more great reviews.
Mud Morganfield’s blues is made to appeal to the Twenty-First Century. He knows the world isn’t what it used to be, and he knows the purpose of music is to connect with the feet as much as it is the heart. “When my father was coming up, times was hard on those plantations. Everybody needed a god in their life, and they was singing the blues about it, just needing to be saved and rescued and all that. But in my era, it wasn’t quite like that. So my blues took on a different form. If you listen to ‘Son Of The Seventh Son’, you’ll find a song on there called ‘Catfishing’ - it’s more of who I am. Look, I don’t need the world sitting around crying - I want people to have fun; I want them to dance. That’s the kind of blues I like to do. I mean, I like to put in my dad’s style, because that’s part of my make-up, that’s part of my genes, but everybody knows what a broken heart is. I wanna sing about something that makes you wanna dance. You dunk down a few beers and you go, ‘God, I like that sound!’ And you dance, man, and you have a good time.”