Come see me play at The State Theater, Budweiser Blues Series in Kalamazoo, Michigan on March 14th! Click for info & tickets
Mar. 15th..... Club Fever, 222 South Michigan Street, South Bend, IN. Pacific Coast presents Johnny Winter with the Eddy 'The Chief' Clearwater. Doors open at 6:00 pm and the Elwood Splinters Blues Band at 7:00 pm
I'll be at Buddy Guy's Legends in Chicago on Friday March 21st! Click for info & tickets
T H R O W B A C K T H U R S D A Y
CHICAGO’S SOUND OF THE 60’S & 70’S BLUES & SOUL — RHYTHM & BLUES
Eddy and Reggie Torian following the performance of the Curtis Mayfield Story at the Black Ensemble Theater in Chicago. Reggie Torian who has been a member of the Impressions for 41 years plays the senior Curtis Mayfield in the play. Eddy had a chance to meet with Reggie following the play. Just as the Blues was a popular sound all over Chicago in the clubs so was Soul and the Chicago sound was resonating all over the radio and in studios on Record Row. ‘I had a chance to work with Eddie Thomas who was Curtis Mayfield’s partner in Curtom Records. The music was flowing and Curtis was at the top of the charts. Disco took that feeling away, but nobody can ever take the feeling of that music away it stays in your heart and stirs your soul,’ Eddy Clearwater. www.blackensemble.org
Eddy and Reggie Torian following the performance of the Curtis Mayfield Story at the Black Ensemble Theater in Chicago
Curtom Records was a record label started by Curtis Mayfield of The Impressions along with Impressions associate Eddie Thomas (the band’s manager and Jerry Butler's former driver) in 1968 although the name was used as early as 1963. The label's name was a combination of Mayfield’s first name (Curtis) and Thomas’ surname (Thomas). Curtis had previously made attempts at a record label with the “Mayfield” and “Windy C” labels. It is noted for being one of the first ever record labels owned by an African-American recording artist. Curtom was located in Chicago’s old RCA studio (1 North Wacker Drive), acquired by Mayfield for cutting demos. Along with the Impressions’ releases and Mayfield’s own solo material, artists on or affiliated with Curtom included the Five Stairsteps, Donny Hathaway (principally as a songwriter/orchestration arranger), Linda Clifford, Baby Huey and the Babysitters, Leroy Hutson, The Natural Four, Bobby Whiteside, Holly Maxwell, the Staple Singers, and Mavis Staples’ solo efforts. Most of the acts on Curtom’s roster were either produced by Mayfield himself, or heavily influenced by his style. Eddie Thomas later developed the Curtom subsidiary Thomas records.
LUV — Eddy
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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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