BIG BILL MORGANFIELD
"Chicago blues is a powerful force in the right hands, which, in this case, belong to the son of Muddy Waters. The comparisons are inevitable, but the big man is up to the challenge" – Entertainment Weekly
"Big Bill is a singer/songwriter who surely would have made Muddy smile."
– Guitar Player
Natural-born son of blues giant McKinley Morganfield (aka Muddy Waters,) BIG BILL MORGANFIELD has emerged in the past few years as one of the top young blues talents in America. Bill's 1999 debut was met with a W.C. Handy (Blues Music) Award for "Best New Artist Debut," as well as an avalanche of praise in the press.
Big Bill Morganfield's Born Lover reveals and celebrates his journey and progress as a Blues artist. He delivers original songs, strong covers, a wide variety of styles, and fiery slide guitar. Bill's singing has taken an exciting leap forward in both power and nuance. He tells his own stories and still honors his father, Muddy Waters, with the tone of deep Chicago Blues. Produced by Brian Bisesi and Bob Margolin.
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"How this guy stayed under the radar for as long as he has is a real head-scratcher... A powerhouse singer with blues instincts increasingly rare these days, the 70-something Pearson shouts and scorches with energy rarely found in artists half his age."
"Phoenix, Arizona based blues shouter Big Pete Pearson has been thrilling blues audiences in his hometowm, and Europe, for over 50 years."
– Mick Rainsford, Blues in Britain
Born in Jamaica in 1936, BIG PETE PEARSON relocated to Texas with his parents as a child. He began his musical career in the juke joints of Austin's East side, playing bass alongside the likes of T.D. Bell, Blues Boy Hubbard, and Pete's younger cousin, W.C. Clark. After playing a few gigs in Phoenix, Arizona in the late 50's, Pete relocated there and quickly became the de facto King of the Arizona blues scene. Big Pete remained a pretty well-kept local secret until his 2007 release, I'm Here Baby on Blue Witch Records, which introduced Pete to the worldwide blues community as a first-class Blues shouter.
By now, Big Pete Pearson's powerhouse vocals and larger-than-life stage persona have delighted audiences around the world. Produced by Bob Corritore for Southwest Musical Arts Foundation Records, Finger In Your Eye is Pete's first all-original blues album, featuring 10 of his own compositions. Big Pete is nimbly backed on this CD by his touring band, the Rhythm Room Allstars: Bob Corritore (harp), Chris James (guitar), Patrick Rynn (bass), and Brian Fahey (drums). As usual, Pete has attracted a bevy of very special guests, including Pinetop Perkins, Duke Robillard, Henry Gray, Billy Flynn, Doug James, and Eddie Taylor, Jr.
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