Memphis Slim and His House Rockers – Memphis Slim U.S.A. [feat. Matt “Guitar” Murphy]
Delmark DE 710 (1998) – United Series
Memphis Slim has made more records than any other pianist in blues history. His rich vocals and solid piano work have been exhibited in settings including blues, R&B, rock, even country & western – solo or in bands both large and small. Slim’s recordings for the United label are outstanding, not only among Slim’s own proliferation of material, but among the whole field of urban band blues. And they marked a special occasion: the introduction of Matt “Guitar” Murphy to the Chicago blues. The guitar brought a change in the sound of Memphis Slim & His House Rockers that lasted until Slim disbanded the group and moved to France. Murphy joined the Blues Brothers and became a model for even more emerging modern blues guitarists. This CD contains two Murphy instrumentals, three songs not available since the 78s, and four previously unissued alternate takes.