Congratualtions, Grammy Winner Bobby Rush!
When you've played with Elomore James, Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters, and Jimmy Reed, you must be on to something. When you've had a multi-generational career in music, spanning blues, soul, and funk, that's something else.
Born in Homer, LA in 1933, Rush cut his musiocal teeth with the likes of Elmore Jmaes and Big Moose Walker. A move to CVhicago put him in the companmy of Muddy Waters and Jimmy Reed, and led to sessions at Chess Records. Relocating to the Deep South in the 1980's, he became one of the kings of the Chitlin' Circuit. He has revceived three Grammy nominations and 41 Blues Music Award nominations (he's won ten). At age 80, he still performs more than 200 shows all over the world.
"Blues never get funlier than when Bobby Rush swaggers up to the mic and let's fly with his homespun truisms. He's always in motion, always smiling, always on fire as his skintight band cooks op irresistible elastic grooves behind him.' - Bill Dahl, in the liner notes to Chicken Heads: A 50-Year History of Bobby Rush, from Omivore Recordings
Walter "Wolfman" Washington
Walter “Wolfman” Washington has been a mainstay on the New Orleans music scene. He cut his teeth backing up some of the best singers and performers in New Orleans history before putting together his long time band The Roadmasters who have been burning down and burning up local and national stages since their first gigs in the 1980s. His guitar style combines both rhythm and blues, blues, New Orleans funk, and modern jazz into a way of playing that is uniquely his. His singing is emotional and heartfelt. His guitar work is intricate, intimate, and full. There is a little Bobby Blue Bland, a little Kenny Burrell, a little George Benson, a little church, and a lot of New Orleans charm and experience in a Walter Wolfman Washington performance. They are known for doing their own soulful originals and then tackling some great unsung covers such as Johnny Guitar Watson’s “You Can Stay But That Noise Got To Go,” Otis Redding’s “Nobody’s Fault But Mine,” and Bill Withers’ “Use Me.” And in this day and age of musicians imitating the past or trying to recreate it, The Wolfman stands out as a musician steeped in the history but completely contemporary. Few musical acts, if any, do what he does. He is real, authentic, and unique.