Delmark is excited to announce a new release from MUD MORGANFIELD – PORTRAIT, newly remastered and remixed full album with 2 new previously unreleased songs on CD!

MUD MORGANFIELD – PORTRAIT
Delmark 876 CD
Release date November 11th 2022

PORTRAIT offers fourteen powerful numbers by Muddy Waters’ eldest son, Mud Morganfield, including two previously unreleased songs. Mud appears surrounded by a constellation of first-rate blues musicians. All tracks have been remastered especially for this first Mud Morganfield album on Delmark Records.

*➊ Praise Him 5:22
MUD MORGANFIELD (POP’S DAISY ENTERTAINMENT, BMI)
➋ Short Dressed Woman 3:31
JOHN T. BROWN (ARC MUSIC, BMI)
➌ Son Of The Seventh Son 4:41
JOHN GRIMALDI (G.T. HAWK PUBLISHING, BMI)
➍ Love To Flirt 2:54
MUD MORGANFIELD (POP’S DAISY ENTERTAINMENT, BMI)
➎ Catfishing 4:50
MUD MORGANFIELD (POP’S DAISY ENTERTAINMENT, BMI)
➏ Health 6:06
MUD MORGANFIELD (POP’S DAISY ENTERTAINMENT, BMI)
➐ Loco Motor 4:05
MUD MORGANFIELD (POP’S DAISY ENTERTAINMENT, BMI)
➑ Money (Can’t Buy Everything) 4:07
BILLY FLYNN (EASY BABY MUSIC, BMI)
➒ Midnight Lover 7:46
MUD MORGANFIELD (POP’S DAISY ENTERTAINMENT, BMI)
➓ Go Ahead And Blame Me 3:33
BOB CORRITORE (BOB CORRITORE / KID MAN MUSIC, BMI)
⓫ Leave Me Alone 4:25
MUD MORGANFIELD (POP’S DAISY ENTERTAINMENT, BMI)
⓬ You Can’t Lose What You Ain’t Never Had 3:34
MCKINLEY MORGANFIELD (WATERTOONS BMI, ADMINISTERED BY BUG MUSIC)
⓭ Blues In My Shoes 4:54
MUD MORGANFIELD (POP’S DAISY ENTERTAINMENT, BMI)
*⓮ Good Morning Little School Girl 3:36
JOHN LEE “SONNY BOY” WILLIAMSON (ARC MUSIC – BMI)

* previously unreleased on CD

Mud Morganfield – vocals, bass (1)
Rick Kreher – electric guitar (ALL TRACKS)
Billy Flynn – electric guitar (2-14)
Mike Wheeler – electric guitar (1)
E.G. McDaniel – bass (2-14)
Kenny “Beedy Eyes” Smith – drums (2-14)
Cameron Lewis – drums, percussion (1)
Barrelhouse Chuck – piano, organ (2-14)
Luca Chiellini- keyboard (1)
Harmonica Hinds – harmonica (3, 4, 6, 11, 12, 13, 14)
Bob Corritore – harmonica (2, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10)
Felicia Collins, Shantina Lowe, Demetrius Hall – choir singers (1)

“MUD MORGANFIELD has grown into a superstar on the blues circuit. Certainly, there will be comparisons to his dad, but that can be expected and rightly so. Mud comes as close to the Muddy experience as one can get. He will always pay tribute to his dad with the Chicago blues ensemble sound that Muddy created. But Mud was also brought up musically when soul, Motown and R&B ruled the world. Mud played bass and performed with bands playing the hits of that era. This, along with his blues pedigree, has influenced Mud’s own songwriting skills, which are constantly evolving.”
R I C K K R E H E R (Muddy Waters’ last guitarist, and Mud’s long-time current guitarist!)

ALBUM PRODUCTION & SUPERVISION:
Julia A. Miller & Elbio Barilari
TRACK 1
RECORDED BY Blaise Barton
AT Joyride Studios, CHICAGO, IL, June 1, 2021
ARRANGED BY “Studebaker”John Grimaldi
MIXED BY Blaise Barton & “Studebaker”John Grimaldi MASTERED BY Blaise Barton

TRACKS 2-14
PRODUCED BY Bob Corritore
RECORDED Febuary 2011 AT Rax Trax Studios, CHICAGO, IL
ENGINEERS: Mike Tholen, Rick Barnes AND Malcolm Giron
TRACKS 2-13 MIXED BY John Wroble, Porcupine Productions, CHANDLER, AZ
ANALOG MASTERING BY “Studebaker”John Grimaldi TRACK 14 MIXED BY Julia A. Miller AT Delmark Records
Riverside Studio, August 2022 DIGITALLY MASTERED BY Julia A. Miller
BOB CORRITORE APPEARS COURTESY OF DELTA GROOVE RECORDS

Every one of McKinley’s descendants has been anointed with his surname, synonymous with never-ending excellence. Mud Morganfield does what he does best – seamlessly merging a traditional blues sound with twenty-first-century sensibilities. His style’s “classic contemporary,” an oxymoron if there ever was one, but it fits like a glove. With understated crooning and fluid, molten-metal instrumentation, Mud’s blues glows red-hot as Damascus steel being poured in a foundry. It’s hard to be a demigod of any art, but he’s well his way to full canonization. – RANDY WETNIGHT

It’s hard when you are the son of blues royalty. It’s even harder when you are the son of Muddy Waters. No matter how hard you try, you’re never going to be Muddy Waters. So, you have to forge your own path and build your own reputation with your own work.
Mud Morganfield has done just that. This soft-spoken, humble man has grown into a giant talent in recent years.
–BARRY KERZNER, AMERICAN BLUES SCENE

Multi-award-winning artist Mud Morganfield is an established star in the world of Blues music. The eldest son of the legendary Muddy Waters, Mud was brought up surrounded by many of the finest musicians in the Blues. Mud’s singing is firmly in the best traditions of Chicago Blues, but he is also a writer of great new songs and he is backed by some of the best musicians playing today. He is acclaimed by artists and critics, including Buddy Guy and Jools Holland for his own musical ability.

“I’ve done and seen many things in my life. From drugs to gang wars, to hustling the streets. I not only have a duty but a responsibility to tell you all that I am a walking testimony to what God can do,” said Morganfield in a statement.

Delmark Records, the oldest continuously operating blues & jazz independent record label in the US, announces a major addition to its roster. Mud Morganfield. Muddy Water’s eldest son just signed with the label. Morganfield’s first release on Delmark will be a digital single entitled “Praise Him”. The song, written and composed by the artist, will appear before September 1st.

Mullti-award-winning artist Mud Morganfield is an established star in the world of Blues music. The eldest son of the legendary Muddy Waters, Mud was brought up surrounded by many of the finest musicians in the Blues. Mud’s singing is firmly in best of traditions of Chicago Blues, but he is also a writer of great new songs and he is backed by some of the best musicians playing today. He is acclaimed by both critics and artists such as Buddy Guy and Jools Holland for his own musical ability,

Mud’s latest album, They Call Me Mud, was released on March 9, 2018, enjoying extensive airplay and great reviews.

Mud’s award-winning album, Son of the Seventh Son, was launched in 2012 and earned great reviews. The album was nominated in the Best Album and the Traditional Blues Male Artist Album categories of the 2013 Blues Foundation Blues Music Awards. In 2014, Mud’s collaboration with Kim Wilson, the album For Pops, attracted more critical acclaim and awards.

https://journalofgospelmusic.com/fusion/praise-him-mud-morganfield/

https://journalofgospelmusic.com/fusion/praise-him-mud-morganfield/

“Praise Him”
Mud Morganfield
Delmark Records (release date: August 20, 2021)
www.delmark.com

By Robert M. Marovich

Although Chicago’s Delmark Records is best known for its estimable blues and jazz catalogues, there’s a sacred single in the mix, brought to you by a most surprising source: Mud Morganfield, the eldest son of electric blues pioneer Muddy Waters.

Expressing the religious experience in his own way, Morganfield conjures “Praise Him” as a hoodoo brew built on a pinch of blues, a dollop of gospel, and a generous scoop of Memphis-style soul.

A salvation story sets the scene for this haunting praise song. Morganfield participates in a call-and-response with a trio of singers, while Luca Chiellini’s organ sets a brakeless tempo and guitarists Mike Wheeler and Rick Kreher, along with Mud on bass and Cameron Lewis on drums, offer a seething rhythm section. This track, which could benefit from a radio edit version, is less church hymn, more blunt testimony at a late night revival.

http://www.mudmorganfieldblues.com/

 Recorded in Chicago and produced by Bob Corritore, PORTRAIT features Mud Morganfield’s earthy, soulful vocals backed by a cadre of blues all-stars, including Kenny Smith on drums, Rick Kreher and Billy Flynn on guitar, Barrelhouse Chuck on keyboards, E.G. McDaniel on bass, and Harmonica Hinds and Bob Corritore on harp.

“I just couldn’t have done this without those cats, man,” Morganfield told writer Terry Mullins in an interview published in Blues Blast Magazine. “They brought something to the studio that will forever live in my heart. It brought out the best in me. It’s a great CD, some of the best work I’ve done so far. It’s got one great song after another on it. “There’s two songs of pop’s on there and with anything I do, I’m gonna add pop,” Morganfield said in the interview. “But the rest of the disc is made up of several songs that I wrote, along with a song that Bob Corritore wrote and one my good friend Studebaker John wrote. But it’s all got that Muddy style to it, because that’s who I am. Without me even trying, I come off like the son of Muddy Waters and I’m proud that it’s like that.”

https://www.allmusic.com/album/son-of-the-seventh-son-mw0002311563

original review of SON OF SEVENTH SON

Larry “Mud” Morganfield is the oldest son of Muddy Waters and bears a striking resemblance to his father both vocally and physically. He grew up in Chicago, raised primarily by his mother — his dad was always on the road to support the family. Mud started playing drums as a boy, then switched to bass guitar, although he doesn’t play on-stage. He was always interested in music, but didn’t think about turning pro until his dad died in 1983 and didn’t start performing professionally until he was in his early fifties. On this, only his second album, he sounds like a seasoned pro and delivers a blistering set that honors his dad’s legacy while carving out a comfortable niche of his own. “Short Dress Woman” opens the album with tune that uses the changes of “Got my Mojo Workin’.” Mud’s vocal is sharp and energetic as he sings the praises of a big-legged woman. He delivers Muddy‘s “You Can’t Never Lose What You Never Had” with a performance that’s an eerie echo of his dad’s while the band channels the vibe of a 1950s Chess Records session, with excellent work from pianist Barrelhouse Chuck and soulful slide guitar fills by Billy Flynn. The title track, written by John Grimaldi, is a celebration of sexual prowess that integrates images from Muddy‘s repertoire into the lyric. Mud sings it with an understated menace that accentuates its slow, dark sexual vibe. Mud’s original songs here stack up favorably to his dad’s. “Love to Flirt” rides an easy-rolling rhythm to tell the story of a woman who makes eyes at every guy she sees. Mud sings it with a combination of irritation and weary resignation. “Leave Me Alone” sounds like a classic, a weary lament full of ironic humor with a bouncy tempo, Bob Corritore‘s solid harmonica fills, and Mud’s growing vocal. The funky “Catfishing” is obviously not about fishing, as Mud’s sly vocal implies; Barrelhouse Chuck supplies playful, bubbling organ fills. The band includes some of Chicago’s best players, with standout work throughout by the rhythm section of E.G. McDaniel on bass and drummer “Beedy Eyes” Smith, pianist Barrelhouse Chuck, and harmonica player and producer Corritore. – J POET

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