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  posted on 7/22/2009 at 10:19 PM
Just wondering if anybody knows if hes worth seeing? Saw hes playing in town and seems hes one of the few from the 50s left

 

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  posted on 7/23/2009 at 07:16 AM
Yes, go see him if you can. He has his own style, a mix of Chicago west side blues and traditional Chicago electric blues. I don't know if he still does the Native American headdress thing... He claims some Native American blood, giving him the nickname of "The Chief".

Way back when (the late 70s), in high school in the western surburbs, I was lucky enough to take guitar lessons from Eddy's guitarist during that time, Mark Wydra. Mark properly set my musical sights for the future. I think Mark is still a working musician in Chicago and plays with Eddy from time to time.

The late 70s was an interesting time when many of the black frontmen and band leaders in Chicago were hiring white kids from the suburbs, schooled on early Rolling Stones and Cream, for their backup bands. Mike Bloomfield, Paul Butterfield, Bob Margolin and some others certainly helped pave the way for this. These kids in the bands would show up for gigs on time and not drunk or otherwise and could really play.

Unfortunately, around this time, the frontmen were starting to see a decline in their club dates and demand for shows. Record sales were down, and if they got any $$$ from record sales anyway, it was a miracle, so gigs were their primary source of income. For Chuck Berry, this led to his demand of gig fee in cash in a paper bag before he would go on stage (with a promoter supplied local band). Chuck's story is somethine else altogether. See the Hail, Hail Rock n Roll documentary.

Right around this time and luckily for the biggest names (Muddy, etc.), guys like Johnny Winter, Clapton, Bill Graham, etc. would book these guys or bring these guys and their bands on the road for opening acts attempting to get them the exposure they needed. For Muddy, this success allowed him to buy a house in the suburbs (Westmont). The 2nd tier players still struggled and it got worse as the disco era ensued. Many would continue to go to Europe to get some steady gig income.

Anyway, enough about that... Go see Eddy and support these guys in their twilight!

 

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  posted on 7/23/2009 at 08:37 AM
He's very good albeit not 'groundbreaking in any way. The second opener, Thirsty Perch Blues Band, is more than worth the $8 admission rendering Eddie essentially a free bonus.

 

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  posted on 7/23/2009 at 08:02 PM
Edward Harrington chaged his name to "Clear Waters", so as not to be confused with "Muddy Waters". Later motified to just "Water", thus...Clearwater. Go see him, he's 74 now.

 

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  posted on 7/24/2009 at 03:54 PM
I played bass with him here in the Chicago area for a gig back in the mid 90's.

It depends what you like...

Back then, he was doing what he does well still, if that's what you mean. But I agree, he is not doing anything groundbreaking in anyway.

 
 


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