I listened to Clearwater a lot over the years, beginning back in my early days as a blues fan, when I purchased his Flimdoozie album at Stackhouse Records in Clarksdale. I had heard a lot about his album, The Chief, which, like Flimdoozie, was released on Rooster Blues Records, but was unavailable the day I traveled to the Delta. Just as well, I played Flimdoozie quite a bit in the coming weeks.....Clearwater was joined by one of my favorites, Otis Rush, on a couple of tracks and harmonica master Sugar Blue as well. Later on, I finally got to hear The Chief and I understood what the fuss was all about. My favorite Clearwater song is on The Chief, "I Wouldn't Lay My Guitar Down."
Clearwater was born Eddy Harrington in Macon, MS in 1935, but he was Clear Waters as a takeoff on Muddy Waters. After recording in the early 60's for Federal Records, he was known as Eddy Clearwater and that name stuck as he recorded singles for Federal, USA Records, and other labels during the 60's all the way through those great recordings for Rooster Blues in the 80's.
Eddy Clearwater was one of the most consistent and durable blues artists on the scene for a long time. For over 60 years, The Chief packed quite a punch. Please remember his family in your prayers and be sure to check out some of his most impressive catalog.
|Eddy Clearwater - Beale Street Music Festival - May 5th, 2018 (Photo by Scotty Russell)|