Friday, May 30, 2008
Rock Turtleneck Has Got That Newport Mojo Workin'!
Hot on the heels of yesterday’s post, here’s a cat who plugged in at Newport a full five years before Bob Dylan: Muddy Waters.
Granted, this was the 1960 Newport Jazz festival, not the Newport Folk festival. What a difference a word makes.
One of the ironic things about the left-wing pinko folkies of the early 60s is that they fancied themselves the most open-minded, free-thinking people on the planet with regards to civil rights, labor unions and sex. But when it came to their precious folk music, they put Karl Rove and Ann Coulter to shame.
Should someone even attempt to veer slightly off the traditional folk ballad/protest formula, the folkies went ballistic. Hearing Dylan & Mike Bloomfield lay in to “Maggie’s Farm,” Pete Seeger supposedly tried to chop the power cable with an ax, and defends his actions to this day.
Back to Muddy.
If you have no Muddy in your LP collection, shame on you. The man is a mighty oak, commanding and tall and summoning the blues from the deepest regions of humanity’s core. He is also one hell of an entertainer, full of energy and humor and always dressed to the nines.
A good place to start is Muddy Waters at Newport 1960, a perfect record to listen to while you sit on your deck or rooftop with some good friends and a bucket of Miller High Lifes.
Muddy Waters at Newport 1960 features the following legendary performance of “Got My Mojo Workin’.” So much mojo, in fact that on the record, the mojo must be split into two tracks.
Sho’nuff that’s a lot o’ mojo!
Muddy Waters, "Got My Mojo Workin'" 1960 Newport Jazz Festival