Hear Muddy Waters Discuss His Regrets in 1970

November 12, 2013

Muddy Waters wasn't a fan of discussing his music, but he did with Peter Guralnick for the author's landmark 1971 book Feel Like Going Home: Portraits in Blues and Rock & Roll, which included profiles of rock and blues pioneers like Waters, Howlin'...


Song Premiere: Stephen Stills' New Band, the Rides, Play a 'Word Game'

May 17, 2013

Click to listen to The Rides' "Word Game" With their new blues-rock group the Rides, Stephen Stills and the Electric Flag's Barry Goldberg reached across generations to team with guitar wizard Kenny Wayne Shepherd. The trio are readying their debut album,...


Quinn Sullivan, 14-Year-Old Blues Prodigy, Impresses the Masters

April 23, 2013

Last week's Crossroads Guitar Festival featured blistering sets from road veterans like B.B. King, Eric Clapton and Buddy Guy, but some of the biggest cheers of the festival went to a kid who is still in middle school: 14-year-old Quinn Sullivan. The...


Blues Guitarist Magic Slim Dead at 75

February 22, 2013

Blues guitarist Magic Slim died yesterday in a Philadelphia hospital, The Associated Press reports. He was 75, and had been dealing with worsening health problems, his manager said. Slim, born Morris Holt in Mississippi, helped define the sound of post-war...



Andre 3000 Covers Beatles, Muddy Waters for Jimi Hendrix Biopic

July 3, 2012

All Is By My Side – the Jimi Hendrix biopic currently being shot in Ireland, starring Outkast's Andre Benjamin (a.k.a. Andre 3000) – will feature new recordings of Benjamin covering the Beatles, Muddy Waters and more, producers tell Rolling...


Alan Lomax's Archive to Stream For Free

January 31, 2012

Alan Lomax's extensive archive of field recordings is being digitized for an online collection that will begin streaming by the end of February. Some 17,000 of Lomax's recordings will be available for free, including early recordings of folk and blues...


Jazz Guitar Pioneer Pete Cosey Dead at 68

June 11, 2012

Blues and jazz guitarist Pete Cosey died on May 30th in Chicago at the age of 68, the Associated Press reports. According to Cosey's daughter Mariama, he passed away due to complications from an unspecified surgery. Cosey is best known for his work as...



Legendary Delta Blues Pianist Pinetop Perkins Dies At 97

March 22, 2011

Pinetop Perkins, a delta blues pianist who played with Muddy Waters, Sonny Boy Williamson and Robert Nighthawk, died of a heart attack at his Austin, Texas home on March 21st. He was 97. "He was one of the last great Mississippi Bluesmen," B.B. King said...



Rolling Stones Shoot Scorsese Film, Party with the Clintons

November 30, 2006

"I'd like to welcome President Clinton – and I see she's brought her husband," a grinning Mick Jagger said from the stage of New York's Beacon Theatre. He was greeting Bill and Hillary at an intimate October 29th concert that served as a fund-raiser...



Q&A with Mick Jagger

November 11, 2004

Let's get one thing straight. Mick Jagger did not perform on the soundtrack for the remake of Alfie, a 1966 British film, because he's simpatico with the protagonist, a serial philanderer. "Alfie's whole life is revolving around all these sequential girlfriends,...


Album Review

Best Of Muddy Waters

May 29, 2001

The Best of Muddy Waters collects twelve tracks that the legendary bluesman recorded and released as 78s between 1948 and 1954. These songs, one masterpiece after another, not only made his reputation on the burgeoning Chicago blues scene but charted...

Album Review

Fathers & Sons

May 24, 2001
Not Rated

Chess' much-vaunted Fathers and Sons 2-LP set, which documents the studio (1st LP) and live (2nd LP) encounters between the old guard and the new Turks of the Chicago blues, is an attractive, unpretentious success and should do well commercially. Certainly...



Keith Richards: The Rolling Stone Blues Today

May 25, 1998

No band did more to popularize the blues in America than the Rolling Stones. The group's playbook in its early days relied heavily on Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Jimmy Reed, Robert Johnson and many other seminal artists who were virtually unknown outside...



Eric Clapton: Living On Blues Power

April 29, 1993

Thirtysomething years ago a teenage Eric Clapton was toting his acoustic guitar from pub to pub in London and nearby towns such as Kingston, playing and singing what was then called "folk blues'' for drinks and pocket change. His idols were Big Bill...


Album Review

The Chess Box

January 25, 1990

When he died in 1983 at the age of sixty-eight, McKinley Morganfield was possibly the best-known bluesman in the world. Yet the notoriety of the onetime Mississippi plantation hand known as Muddy Waters is due largely to his overwhelming influence on...



Muddy Waters: 1915–1983

June 23, 1983

Below is an excerpt of an article that originally appeared in RS 398 from June 23, 1983. This issue and the rest of the Rolling Stone archives are available via Rolling Stone Plus, Rolling Stone's premium subscription plan. If you are already a subscriber,...



Bob Dylan: The Rolling Stone Interview, Part II

November 16, 1978

On the evening of September 15th, the Boston Red Sox were in New York City trying to get back into first place. In New Orleans, just before Muhammad Ali made his comeback, TV commentator Howard Cosell introduced the fighter by quoting from the song "Forever...

Album Review

I'm Ready

April 6, 1978
Not Rated

Muddy Waters looks like a candidate for the fifth face on Mount Rushmore. There's that much dignity and wisdom in his countenance, and his legend is of sufficient stature to make people take the bid seriously. But the way he's played on his last two albums....


Muddy Waters: The Delta Son Never Sets

October 5, 1978

Muddy Waters, the master bluesman, is now sixty-three. He lives out in the suburbs, almost an hour's drive from downtown Chicago and the decaying South Side where he lived for the past three decades. His white, two-story frame house sits on a quiet corner,...


Album Review

Hard Again

March 24, 1977
Not Rated

Blue Sky Grabbed Muddy Waters just as Chess Records virtually put him out to pasture. For the first time in 30 years, Muddy has new blood backing his recording ventures. He sounds happy, energetic and out for business: in short, Muddy Waters is kicking...