Mud Morganfield - Edinburgh Festival Theatre, Sat 27 Jul 2013
Blues legacy shines at the Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival
When you think of the blues, you are immediately drawn to the likes of legendary musicians BB King, Howlin’ Wolf and John Lee Hooker. The name Mud Morganfield might not ring any bells with most people, however Mud has had the blues instilled in him from a very young age. And how could he not have? For he is the eldest son of one McKinley Morganfield ‘AKA’ Muddy Waters.
Entering the stage in a dashing pin stripped suit with white loafers, Mud perched himself on a stool at the front of the stage and brought his own take on the blues to Scotland’s capital. If you closed your eyes during any of the almost sell-out performance, you couldn’t help but feel that you were in fact listening to a CD of his late father. That is a comparison and compliment that I’m sure Mud has heard many a time before, but I don’t believe he’ll ever get tired of hearing it. He told the Festival Theatre crowd that he loves performing the blues on stage, as he feels that his ‘Pops’ is up on stage playing with him.
Mud performed a mix of his own material, with songs such as ‘Midnight Lover’ from his most recent album ‘Son of the Seventh Son’ and classic hits from his fathers collection such as ‘Baby Please Don’t Go’, ‘Forty Days and Forty Nights’, 'I Just Want to Make Love to you' and ‘Got My Mojo Working’. A special mention must go to the fantastic Ronnie Boysen (guitar), West Weston (harmonica) and the rest of Mud’s band who helped in creating this flawless performance.
By the end of the evening the whole of the front row were up jiving and singing along, which in turn brought a huge smile to the face of Mud, who also had a special mention for Edinburgh’s blues musician Stevey Hay, who sadly passed away in July.
All in all, Mud Morganfield doesn’t just simply live off his father’s legacy, he helps in keep his music alive, and in turn, he’s producing his own stand out performances.