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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Eddie Shaw - Have Blues, Will Travel

Eddie Shaw has done just about everything in the blues business. He’s been a sideman, singer, bandleader, songwriter, arranger, producer and tavern owner. In most of those roles, he has worked on behalf of other artists. The whole West Side blues scene benefited from Eddie’s efforts, which included acting as bandleader and manager for the late Howlin’ Wolf from 1972 to 1975. After working for years behind the scenes, Eddie stepped out on his own as a band leader, proving himself to be one of the blues world’s premier horn players and a fine vocalist to boot. Before Wolf died in 1976, he urged Eddie to carry on the blues with The Wolf Gang. Eddie not only kept the core of the band together (later adding his talented son Vaan on guitar), but also forged a new identity for Eddie Shaw and The Wolf Gang.Besides constantly touring for over two decades, Eddie has continued to record prolifically. His debut album, Have Blues, Will Travel, was released in 1977 on the Simmons label and later reissued by Rooster Blues. He cut four sides in 1978 for Alligator’s “Living Chicago Blues” series with the famed Hubert Sumlin on guitar. Since then, he’s cut a second album for Rooster Blues, one for the French Isabel label (issued in the USA by Evidence), four for the Austrian Wolf label and one for Chicago’s own Delmark Records. (Edited)

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5 comments:

Anonymous said...

thanks for this LP

goinsidemyhead said...

...now normally blues sax don't really shake my bottle of turpentine...nor does a piano that sometimes sounds like a harpsichord...but this is pretty all right, and you know what, sometimes that's just good enough...thanks bags...

Duncanmusic said...

Used to have this LP in this pressing...Eddie & The Wolfgang used to play at The Red Creek Inn, the club I worked as a DJ at in Rochester, NY quite a lot (four or five times I remember) back when this was new. I remember the gigs well as we (other musicians like myself) used to come just to watch and listen to Hubert Sumlin play guitar with the band. None of us really could stand Eddie as he did everything he could to play down Hubert's profile and blow his own out of proportion. I remember seeing him walk up to Hubert's amp and turn down/off the treble settings just to 'push' him into the background. Hubert was so humble and nice, he never fought it ... I was always hoping he'd come back with his own band but he never did. Eventually he left I'm sure. Just saw Eddie playing sax and a version of himself in that movie from a couple of years ago, The Honeydripper that stars Danny Glover as a Southern Juke Joint owner. Not a bad movie...a little lightweight, but okay and there's Eddie playing away. I still haven't forgiven him for how he treated Hubert, though, even after thrity years.

becks dark said...

I just found 4 reel to reel tapes from Eddie at the Red Creek Inn from 1978 with Jimmy Dawkins and Junior Wells! It's a soundboard recording but the tapes are a little worn.

Xyros said...

That sounds ( not meant to be funny) like it could be a very interesting listen. Any chance that you could share the concert with us. Would be greatly appreciated.