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Best Moment Since The 1919 Strike

Older brother Ronnie was into the blues which was the most fortunate thing for his little brother. To have Ronnie teach the blues was like being born into a Zen monastery and real blues too, Otis Spann, Memphis Slim, Big Bill Broonzy – not the tiny-talent-time folks who claim to be members of the team but are in fact just cheerleaders or worse, mascots. It has to be the same frequency as Howlin’ Wolf, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Sister Rosetta Tharpe or else it is just iceberg lettuce pretending to be a salad.

But all that is to say I saw Muddy Waters twice in concert growing up in Winnipeg and the coolest part about the 2cnd show was that Mayor Bill Norrie came out halfway through and give him a plaque substantiating his honourary Winnipeg citizenship because Winnipeg is a Cree word meaning Muddy Water.