Review: Mud Morganfield, The Cellars, Eastney

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From the moment he saunters onstage, Mud Morganfield is blues coolness personified. Which is hardly surprising given that he’s the eldest son of Muddy Waters.

And there is no mistaking he’s his father’s son. Looking sharp in his white suit, as soon as he opens his mouth, you can hear all those years of schooling in the Chicago blues. Singing with his eyes closed, you can feel him wringing out the emotion.

He pays tribute to the old man with his own versions of I Just Wanna Make Love to You, and a rollicking Mannish Boy in the encores. He also jokes that Got My Mojo Working is from the year he was born: ‘1980, okay then, 1970.’

But Mud’s his own man too.

Several tracks from his album Son of a Seventh Son get an airing – Midnight Lover is a lascivious drawl, while the song he wrote ‘for a friend who worked at General Motors for 30 years’ is a touching tribute.

It will also come as no surprise that he has surrounded himself with some incredible musicians. West Weston on harp, Ronni Buysack-Boysen on guitar and Eric Ranzoni on keys all lay down some impressive licks while Ian Jennings’ double bass and Mike Hellier on drums keep it tight at the back.