973: Muddy Waters – Muddy Waters At Newport (1960)

This is some classic blues at an outdoor venue where a lot of famous recordings were made. You can literally hear the wind blowing into microphones on some tracks.

Every song sounds like something the Rolling Stones would later try to replicate. Muddy Water’s voice is soulful and at times energetic but it’s the guitar, piano and harmonica that really keep the songs interesting. The backbeat keeps the steady rhythm you would expect from a blues combo, but isn’t afraid of dropping in some quick fills fretboard flare.

I like how he announces the name of every song before they play it. Tunes like Tiger In Your Tank would absolutely have people dancing at this show (Ewan started shaking his hips for that one in particular).

The guy is a legend and after listening to this album and thinking about the reach of influence his music had, it’s awe inspiring honestly.

Bottom line: Start your Sunday with this and you won’t stop moving all day. Upbeat live blues that will remind you of the Rolling Stones.

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