His style & swagger had the audience 'Hypnotized.' Eddy Clearwater sporting a new one of a kind suit coat from Lansky Brothers (Elvis's tailor-made suits were all from the famous Memphis store). “I couldn’t resist when I was in Memphis for the Blues Music Awards. I just saw this jacket, the pattern the fabric just spoke to me,” said the Chief who always graces the stage in style.
Photos: Lynn Orman Weiss for Eddy Clearwater Music.
Photo: Lynn, Joseph Morganfield, Julia Cruz Magness
Photo: Lynn, Kevin Staton, Stella Ponce & Kate Moss
Kevin, Stella, Lynn and Kate Moss
EDDY THIS SUMMER
“It was good to be back in Memphis for the Blues Music Awards and Blues Hall of Fame inductions. Renee and I were guests of the Blues Foundation and we were so grateful. Last year as the 2016 inductee into the Blues Hall of Fame was extraordinary. We were able to visit the Blues Hall of Fame again and see my showcase. It is such an amazing museum and Renee and I love the history and collections. I am so honored to be a part of it.
I bumped into Denise LaSalle at the Blues Music Awards. She is a national treasure. I look forward to seeing her at Chicago Blues Festival.”
Thank you to the Blues Foundation and especially, Barbara Bawlin Newman for your generous hospitality. It is such an honor to be one of the Blues Hall of Fame inductees and I look forward to returning to Memphis every year to celebrate.
The ceremony is always the highlight of our trip to the Blues Music Awards. Renee and I got to meet so many new and fascinating p-eople. And of course the icing on the cake is reuniting with old friends like, Bobby Rush. Bobby and I go way back to 1970 when we played the clubs on Rush Street. We certainly had some great laughs about that.
Eddy, Renee with CEO of the Blues Foundation, Barbara Ballin Newman
Eddy and Chris Barnes (recording artist and new friend)
Bob Corritore, Jim O’Neal and Eddy
(Rooster Records, Living Blues Magazine)
Eddy and Markey Blue. I am honored to be a featured guest on Markey’s new album — the song speaks the truth, “I Like It Like That”
Eddy and Carlos (W.C. Handy’s grandson)
Eddy and Bobby Rush (my old friend and I talking about Rush Street and the shake dancers)
Eddy and John Hahn (Shemekia’s manager)
Eddy and Lonnie
Eddy and Wayne
My band. We used to play all over Melrose Park was a hot place for the blues and many of the clubs were booked by, Ralph Capone (Al’s nephew). There was often a bidding war between club owners trying to get you to their club for more money.
The band was hot with, Ronnie, Rudy & Richie. The audience loved us and their was never any trouble or racial divide even though it was in the time of the Civil Rights Movement. How do you like those threads - Ralph Capone took us down to Maxwell Street and we bought those good lookin’ suits.
Ronnie Burns, Drums :: Rudy Artiz, Bass ::
Rich Valenringham, Saxophone and “Eddie”
Eddy with his BB King, autographed Lucille guitar
’The Blues Had A Baby And They Called It Rock N’ Roll’
Attending the opening night of EXHIBITIONISM, the new Rolling Stones Exhibit with my band, Steve Bass, Shoji Naito and Dave Knaupf. “I really loved the blues collection where Keith and Mick lived in their flat in England. It showed their passion and dedication to Chicago Blues. The young rock n’ roll boys always had a deep connection to Chicago, Muddy, Wolf, Chuck Berry, Willie Dixon, Hubert Sumlin, Little Walter. What I respect about them is they never forgot that and they continue to honor the masters with their newest CD, ’Blue and Lonesome’. The rockers used to come to Kingston Mines after their concert and stay all night then go out for breakfast with Lefty Dizz.
Their suits were purchased in Jew Town (Maxwell Street) at the famous, Smokey Joe’s Clothing.
HARRINGTON FAMILY ATOMIC H RECORDS AND
EDDY ‘THE CHIEF’ CLEARWATER.
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Between his slashing left-handed guitar work, his room-filling vocals, his self-defined "rock-a-blues" style (a forceful mix of blues, rock, rockabilly, country and gospel), his boundless energy and even his signature Indian headdress, Clearwater is among the very finest practitioners of the West Side blues working today.
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