A Tribute to Muddy Waters Feat. John Primer, Joe Louis Walker & Rick Estrin
Muddy Waters (1913-1983) was one of the most important blues musicians of all time, making blues history with songs like “I'm Your Hoochie Coochie Man” (1954), “Just Make Love to Me” (1954), “Mannish Boy” (1955), and “Trouble no More” (1956). For the Groove Now Blues Weeks 2022, Rick Estrin and Kid Andersen have developed a tribute concept to Muddy Waters, featuring blues legend Joe Louis Walker as well as former member of the Muddy Waters band John Primer, who will also narrate episodes from his time with Muddy Waters at the concert.
Primer (*1945) joined Muddy Waters in 1980, when he formed a new band and remained in the band until Muddy's death. After that, Primer was a solo artist and was active in the Magic Slim band for 13 years. He has won numerous Blues Music Awards and has been memorialized in the Chicago Blues Hall of Fame since 2017.
Joe Louis Walker—a Blues Hall of Fame inductee and four-time U.S. Blues Music Award winner—has a music career spanning over 50 years. Although over 70 years old, he is a powerhouse, and his voice has not lost any of its fascination. Walker is undoubtedly one of the most important representatives of the international blues scene. He plays with greats such as the jazz musician Branford Marsalis, Tower of Power, and Bonnie Raitt, as well as the blues greats James Cotton, Buddy Guy, and Ike Turner.
Rick Estrin and his Night Cats have arguably won more Blues Music Awards and received more nominations than any other blues band in the world. Their musical qualities are preserved beyond any doubt. As a singer, harmonica player, composer, entertainer, and bandleader, Rick Estrin is a Groove Now favorite with his Nightcats. His texts have literary quality and his band is great.
They will be accompanied by Kid Andersen, one of the world's finest and most exciting blues guitarists; Lorenzo Farrell on the keyboards; and Derrick 'D'mar' Martin, a rhythm machine on the drums that never stands still.
On both evenings, classics by Muddy Waters will be played in different combinations, and the program of the two evenings will differ in the selection of songs. It is therefore a must for all blues fans to attend both concerts. The project represents a world premiere brought to you by Groove Now that will probably never come together in this form again.
Tickets are CHF 70.80; CHF 56.50 with a BaZCard.