The Robert Palmer who wrote Deep Blues was not the 80's pop/rock singer. This Robert Palmer was a music journalist from the early 70's to his untimely death in 1997. His articles appeared regularly in magazines like Rolling Stone and he wrote for The New York Times for nearly two decades, serving as their chief pop music critic for over ten years.
It's exciting to have Matt "Guitar" Murphy back and performing. He suffered a stroke several years ago and it's been a long, hard recovery for him. While Murphy has released several albums of his own (the best being Way Down South) and he's best known for his turn as a member of the Blues Brothers band, he will forever be revered by blues fans in the know for his incredible stint in the 50's as guitarist for Memphis Slim. Witness this clip, taken from one of the American Folk Blues Festival DVDs of a few years ago. Murphy is featured on his own, "Matt's Guitar Boogie," with Willie Dixon on bass, Memphis Slim on piano, and Billy Stepney on drums. Murphy will be playing with James Cotton at the Chicago Blues Fest.
Another upcoming festival, a little closer to home for me, is the 38th Annual Bentonia Blues Festival on June 19th. Located in tiny Bentonia, MS (about 30 - 40 minutes NW of Jackson, MS), this year's festival headliner is Bobby Rush. Also appearing will be BMA winner Eden Brent, Bentonia native son, Jimmy "Duck" Holmes, and numerous local blues and gospel acts. This one is free admission also, so come on over and take in some local culture.