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Eddy -The Chief- ClearwaterNov. 23, 2013

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Eddy -The Chief- ClearwaterJan. 10, 2014

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Eddy "The Chief" Clearwater is known as Chicago"s West Side Blues master who brings showmanship and a nonstop blues party on stage with his flamboyant, colorful wardrobe and rock n" roll strut. What sets him apart is the Native American rhythmic beat played by his band as he is introduced and welcomed by his lead guitarist to the stage, "please welcome Chicago"s very own", Eddy "The Chief" Clearwater. In full headdress regale, "The Chief", walks on stage in skittle colored reds, yellows and blues. Standing about 6 foot 5 with his war bonnet, plumes of feathers dance as he struts on stage picking up his cherry red Gibson guitar and plays, "They Call Me The Chief" a rocking energetic groove from his signature record release, Reservation Blues.

His CD, "The Chief" features Eddy on a horse wearing a headdress. This was for his recording on Jim O"Neil"s Chicago label, Rooster Blues. It was a very cold January when the photo was taken of Eddy on the horse. It was that day that the stage name, "The Chief" became his new Blues stage name! It has stuck with him all these years and it is appropriate since his heritage is part Native American Indian.

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Eddy"s Indian Heritage
Edward Harrington was raised by his grandmother, Ida Piggler Harrington in Macon, Mississippi. His grandmother was Choctaw, Indian.

For hundreds of years before Europeans came to the United States, the Choctaw Nation was a tribe of farmers who lived in what is now the southeastern U.S. until the federal government forcibly removed most tribal members in 1830 to Southeastern Oklahoma in what became known as the "Trail of Tears." Tribal members have overcome adversity to grow to nearly 200,000 strong, the country"s third largest tribe.

The War Bonnet Story:
Feathered war bonnets (also called warbonnets or headdresses) are worn by honored Plains Indian men. In the past they were sometimes worn into battle, but most often worn for ceremonial occasions as is the case today. They are seen as items of great spiritual and magical importance. The eagle is considered by Plains tribes as the greatest and most powerful of all birds, and thus the finest bonnets are made out of its feathers.

A chief"s war bonnet is made of feathers received for good deeds to his community and is worn in high honor. Each feather would represent a good deed.

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Chiefs and honored warriors still often wear war bonnets for ceremonial occasions.

The name "reservation" comes from the conception of the Indian tribes as independent sovereigns at the time the U.S. Constitution was ratified. Thus, the early peace treaties (often signed under duress) in which Indian tribes surrendered large portions of land to the U.S. also designated parcels which the tribes, as sovereigns, "reserved" to themselves, and those parcels came to be called "reservations. The term remained in use even after the federal government began to forcibly relocate tribes to parcels of land to which they had no historical connection.
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to my Fans...
It"s the time of year for Giving Thanks celebrating,
Thanksgiving in America. I want to thank all of my fans
for the great photos & footage taken this year.
Here are some of my favorites...

Jacki Sackheim
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Aigars Lapsa, Frank Nielsen
Juan Carlos Mingarro

Frederikshavn Festival, Denmark
Photographers:Frank Nielsen and Aigars Lapsa

Fernando Solano Fotografo, Ecuador

Eddy does a TV interview in Ecuador

Eddy and Tom in Ecuador

Stephen on Drums in Ecuador
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Argentina Photo: Juan Carlos Mingarro

Argentina Photo: Juan Carlos Mingarro

Enjoy this Fan Photo - A Blast from the past!
Eddy and The Esquires
Gilda Musquiz of Chicago
Ball Pin Lounge, Lombard, IL USA - 1965

Eddy Clearwater at the Sugar Mill Blues
Tarzana with Cadillac Zack by Jacki Sackheim.

Robert Cray and Eddy Clearwater share some fun times on stage and off.

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See You On The Blues Highway... Keep On Listening My New CD Will Be Out Soon!
— 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.
Find Eddy Clearwater on Alligator Records
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DownBeat said, "Left-hander Eddy Clearwater is a forceful six-stringer... He lays down some gritty West Side shuffles and belly-grinding slow blues that highlight his raw chops, soulful vocals, and earthy, humorous lyrics." 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. The blues world recognized his talent by giving him the Blues Music Award for Contemporary Blues — Male Artist of the Year in 2001. His 2003"s Rock "N" Roll City, was nominated for a Grammy Award. Now he"s back with his very first Alligator CD, the aptly titled WEST SIDE STRUT. And he was recently inducted into the Chicago Blues Hall of Fame as a Master Blues Guitarist & Blues Legend.