Making a Scene Presents Gerry Casey’s Interview with Joseph “Mojo” Morganfield
Joseph Mojo Morganfield, didn’t start out life as a blues player. Even though you would think that’s the natural path he would take but no. Joseph was very much interested in sports. In fact until recently Joseph’s life was far removed from the world of music. But eventually the pull from the world of music became so strong that it was inevitable Joseph would take to the stage just like his Father and Brothers had done before hm. In fact his latest single Good To Be King topped the blues charts in the states and other regions. It looked like a promising career was beckoning. Then sadly on December 10th 2020 Joseph Morganfield passed at the age of 56.
Earlier this year I had the privilege to interview Joseph for Turn It Up. Broadcast earlier in the year. It gives the listeners an up close and personal view of what was going on in the world of Joseph Mojo Morganfield. We here at the station felt it would be a fitting way to celebrate the life, and pay tribute to Joseph by rebroadcasting this interview. So sit back and relax and listen to the Turn It Up Interview with Joseph Mojo Morganfield
Muddy Waters’ Delta roots stretch deep into the heart of his son Joseph “Mojo” Morganfield’s powerful vocals on his new single “Good to be King.” DNA and a childhood of experiences from the heart of the Chicago blues scene pour out his legacy in Mojo’s latest single.
“Every person has their castle – family, friends, and the things you surround yourself with – giving them that moment,” says Mojo. “It doesn’t happen every day, so when it does – enjoy it!”
Mojo, the only son Muddy raised, grew up in and around Chicago with the father of the Chicago Blues. Muddy Waters gave Mojo his first guitar backstage at one of his concerts. Raised with the same Mississippi country values to which Muddy held firm, even after decades in Chicago, Mojo’s talent took a backseat while he worked to provide for his own children. Now he is doing what comes naturally and returning to his music.
Mojo can’t help but carry on his father’s sound, “elemental and deep…sound no one else could make” according to Rolling Stone’s Obituary of a Blues Legend. Muddy’s sound influenced many greats, placing Mojo in the company of Eric Clapton, the Rolling Stones, and so many others.
Some of Muddy’s colleagues stepped into the recording studio to help Mojo launch his musical career and this powerful new single, “Good to be King.” Billy Branch on harp and Rick Kreher on guitar extend the hand Muddy once offered each of them. Ronnie Brooks, son of another member of Muddy’s circle, Lonnie Brooks, laid spectacular tracks for this single as well. Even first-generation bluesman Brother John Kattke‘s work on the piano emanates that legendary feel.
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