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Big Bill Morganfield, Wednesday and Thursday, May 2 and 3, 7 p.m., dazzledenver.com - PHIL WIGHT
  • Phil Wight
  • Big Bill Morganfield, Wednesday and Thursday, May 2 and 3, 7 p.m., dazzledenver.com
The sons of well-known artists like Neil Finn, Leonard Cohen and Steve Earle haven’t always been pleased to be compared to their parents. But if you were the son of Muddy Waters, you’d be shouting it from the rooftops. Big Bill Morganfield doesn’t go quite that far, but he doesn’t seem to mind when the rest of us do. “We had just gotten to the point where we was gonna start trying to hang out a little bit, and then I got a phone call that he passed,” Morganfield said of his father in a 2010 Indy interview. “He was sick and we had talked, but I didn’t know that he was that sick, to the point where, you know, he had to leave us.” The Chicago native, who started out as a schoolteacher, subsequently decided to follow in his father’s footsteps, studying everything from plantation recordings up through Chicago blues and beyond. He has since won the W.C. Handy Award for Best New Blues Artist, recorded a fair number of his father’s songs — a few of which inevitably turn up in his live sets — and reached the point where his voice and slide guitar routinely earn favorable comparisons to his father’s. On his most recent album, 2016’s Bloodstains on the Wall, Morganfield includes the song “When You Lose Someone You Love,” which he wrote as an homage to his late mother. It’s a safe bet that she and his father would both approve. 

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