Ramblin' Mind

Ramblin' Mind

by Big Bill Morganfield


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Ramblin' Mind

Big Bill Morganfield is back with a sophomore CD, Ramblin’ Mind, and it’s even stronger than his highly lauded debut, Rising Son. Under the aegis of veteran blues studio producer Dick Shurman (Albert Collins, Johnny Winter, Roy Buchanan), there are more hues to the blues painted in this set, and Morganfield has mellowed into reviving the electric bluesman role that his father, Muddy Waters, defined more than four decades ago. The opening “Mellow Chick Swing” is a retro dance ditty in which Morganfield’s booming baritone sounds smooth and creamy against Billy Branch’s powerhouse harmonica playing. For the roadhouse rouser “Roll with Me,” Morganfield uses a Big Bopper laugh and steaming slide guitar, while pianist Pinetop Perkins and drummer Willie “Big Eyes” Smith (both former members of Waters’s band) help the singer/guitarist pay tribute to the classic Chicago sound of the early ‘60s on “Dirty Dealin’ Mama.” Morganfield proves his songwriting prowess with tunes ranging from the humorous “My Doggy’s Got the Blues” to the man-done-wrong shuffle “What’s the Matter,” plus a couple of originals that have an early R&B flair, complete with backup singers. Taj Mahal penned “Strong Man Holler” for Morganfield, and the two share vocals and guitar work on both this number and the Morganfield original “You’re Gonna Miss Me.” Though he is quite a bit younger, Morganfield has done enough woodsheddin’ to hold his own with Mahal, and the two trade licks like brothers in the blues. As a result, Ramblin’ Mind is an organic adventure from start to finish, making it an exceptional CD in these days of blues recordings that sound as if the musicians were seeded with chemical compounds and nourished on steroids before bearing their fruit.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/13/2001
Label: Blind Pig
UPC: 0019148506824
catalogNumber: 5068
Rank: 135651

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Big Bill Morganfield   Primary Artist
Billy Branch   Harmonica
Taj Mahal   Guitar,Vocals
Paul Oscher   Harmonica
Bob Margolin   Guitar
B   Piano
Theresa Davis   Background Vocals
Bill Flynn   Guitar
Nick Moss   Bass
Pinetop Perkins   Piano
Willie "Big Eyes" Smith   Drums,Track Performer
Bob Stroger   Bass
Bill Lupkin   Harmonica
Kenny Smith   Drums
Robin Robinson   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Bob Margolin   Producer
Fred Breitberg   Engineer
Edward Chmelewski   Executive Producer
Jerry del Giudice   Executive Producer
Michael Freeman   Engineer
Dick Shurman   Producer
Big Bill Morganfield   Composer
Henry Fredricks   Composer
James Lane   Composer

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