Big Bill Morganfield – Born Lover – Black Shuck Records – Vizztone, 2009

Big Bill Morganfield Born Lover

It”s hard to follow in your parents” footsteps, especially when your dad is Muddy Waters. Big Bill Morganfield didn”t start out as a blues performer ” he didn”t even start playing until after the death of his father ” but in the 10 years since he won a W C Handy Award for Best New Blues Artist his music career has continued to move forward. His most recent release is Born Lover. This is classic Chicago blues, with a retro sound from the 60s and 70s. Big Bill has a deep and powerful voice and he is a fine slide guitar player. The Chicago musicians backing him on this CD are excellent, including Bob Margolin on guitar (who played in the Muddy Waters band in the 1970s), Chuck Stern on keyboard, and Steve Guyger on harmonica. The songs are a varied collection, including Buddy Guy”s “My Love is Real,” Little Walter”s “Its Too Late Brother,” Snooky Prior”s “Peace of Mind,” and Muddy Waters” “Born Lover.” Big Bill wrote several of the songs, including “Who”s the Fool?” and “X-Rated Lover” that retain the classic Chicago sound. One of the highlights of the CD is Guyger”s excellent harmonica on “Born Lover,” which evokes the spirit of Little Walter. Big Bill Morganfield may never be as famous as his father, but this CD is solid Chicago style blues.