McKinley Morganfield known by his stage name Muddy Waters, was an American blues musician who is often cited as the “father of modern Chicago blues”. Muddy Waters grew up on Stovall Plantation, near Clarksdale, Mississippi and by age seventeen was playing the guitar at parties, emulating local blues artists Son House and Robert Johnson. He was recorded in Mississippi by Alan Lomax for the Library of Congress in 1941. In 1943, he moved to Chicago with the hope of becoming a full time professional musician, eventually recording in 1946. In the early 1950s, Muddy Waters and his band, Little Walter Jacobs (harmonica), Jimmy Rogers (guitar), Elgin Evans (drums) and Otis Spann (piano), recorded several blues classics, some with Willie Dixon (bass, songwriter), including “Hoochie Coochie Man”, “I Just Want to Make Love to You” and “I’m Ready”. In 1958, he travelled to England, helping to lay the foundations for the subsequent blues boom. His performance at the Newport Jazz Festival in 1960 was recorded and released as his first live album, At Newport 1960. Muddy Waters’ influence is tremendous, not just on blues and rhythm and blues but on rock and roll, hard rock, folk music, jazz and country music.
Lissome Art Studio are proud to introduce a range of stylish limited edition art prints dedicated to Muddy Waters. Each typography poster is individually signed and numbered featuring song titles and lyrics from Muddy Waters albums and most notable recordings.