Mud Morganfield, the oldest son of the legendary bluesman Muddy Waters takes his music seriously. Closely following the path of this father, Mud sets the bar high when it comes to performing the blues. Additional influences of Motown, soul, and R&B are absorbed into his songs. Portrait is a remix of Mud’s entire debut album Son of the Seventh Son topped off with two additional brand-new songs. With the exception of the two new songs, this work was produced by Bob Corritore with Mud on vocals, Rick Kreher on electric guitar, Billy Flynn on guitar, E.G. McDaniel on bass, Kenny “Beedy Eyes” Smith on drums, Barrelhouse Chuck on piano/organ, and Harmonica Hinds and Bob Corritore on harmonica.
Portrait opens with the funky southern soul track “Praise Him”. With Mike Wheeler on electric guitar, Luca Chiellini on keys, and the backing vocals of Felicia Collins, Shantina Lowe, and Demetrius Hall, the song is indeed a glorious one. Barrelhouse, Beedy Eyes, and Hinds sound downright amazing as they turn the flame on to the slow-cooked blues of “Son of the Seventh Son”. The intoxicating groove on “Catfishing” reels me right in. Mud’s vocals are strong and confident just like his father’s. “His presentation is smooth and buttery on “Blues In My Shoes” while the band gels perfectly together. Portrait comes to a close with a spectacular cover of John Lee “Sonny Boy” Williamson’s “Good Morning Little School Girl.
It was great to hear this remastered release of Mud Morganfield’s. The songs are fantastic, and the sound is fresh and clean. I’d recommend this album to anyone who is a blues fan.
By Phillip Smith
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