Cover photo © 2017 Bob Kieser
In This Issue
Bill Dahl has our feature interview with Blues legend Eddy Clearwater.
Eddy Clearwater is now represented by a new Agent:
Casey Scott — Highway Key Touring
Phone: (773) 743-9546
EDDY “The Chief’ Clearwater...
Skokie Mayor George Van Dusen to present proclamation on January 2nd, 2018 in Skokie Village Hall!
Skokie Mayor George Van Dusen will also present a proclamation at Eddy’s 83rd birthday party/concert on January 6th at Evanston SPACE!.
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Check out Eddy on Joe Viglione’s POP EXPLOSION RADIO SHOW
Click for Joe V Pop Explosion Pt 1 Aug 9, 2017
with Eddie Clearwater, Mike Feeney Concert Report Boston Free
(Eddy Clearwater played...) exactly two East Coast venues on his current mini-swing out this way. One of them will be July 28 at The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center ....(The other is July 29 at the Bull Run Restaurant and Concert Hall in Shirley, Massachusetts).
Clearwater will be accompanied by a solid band of Chicago blues professionals who know how to grind out Chicago blues the way it’s meant to be played’ one of whom, guitarist Tom Crivellone, actually splits his time between Chicago, where he was born, and Stratford, where his family lives.
But it will be hard to take your eyes off the man up front, and if you’re a blues fan who hasn’t seen Clearwater, this is the opportunity you’ve been waiting for.
Read full story at the New Haven Register Entertainment website...
Eddy ‘The Chief’ Clearwater at home playing, A Good Leavin Alone a major key Blues song in West Side Strut and on Soul Funky. Check it out on Soundcloud, the song features, Billy Branch on harp.
“The Blues Hall of Fame Museum will display beautiful stage costumes
worn by Eddy ‘the Chief’ Clearwater, including a fabulous Native American
headdress. The Blues Foundation thanks Eddy Clearwater and Renee Greenman
for the generous donation of these artifacts.”
— Nora J. Tucker, Museum Manager & Curator
Walls of Hate
Reservation Blues on Bulls Eye Records on Soundcloud
At this year’s Chicago Blues Fest, Eddy will perform a Tribute to Otis Rush on the Main Stage!
EDDY CLEARWATER INDUCTED INTO
THE BLUES HALL OF FAME
CLASS OF 2016
||THE CHIEF..... Jim O’Neal founder of Rooster Records and Living Blues Magazine and one of the key people responsible for the nickname, “The Chief” will introduce Eddy at the Blues Hall of Fame induction in Memphis on May 4th.
Eddy earned his nickname, “The Chief”, from the title of his first American LP on Rooster Blues when he posed for the cover on horseback in an Indian headdress (a gift from a fan). Already playing one of the busiest nightclub schedules of any Chicago bluesman, Clearwater ramped up his road work and rocked the blues harder than ever. More albums for Rooster Blues, Blind Pig, Bullseye Blues, and his own Cleartone imprint followed, along with assorted European releases, leading to widely acclaimed releases for Bullseye Blues (Rock “n” Roll City, with Los Straitjackets) and Alligator (West Side Strut) as well as his own label Cleartone Records which his newest release, “Soul Funky” Live is on. Still strutting his stuff in his war bonnet, Eddy Clearwater adds to a proud legacy every time he steps onstage or into a recording studio.
PHOTO CREDIT: ROMAN SOBUS
The Blues Foundation’s Blues Hall of Fame Museum in Memphis will feature 2016 Eddy as a part of their new exhibit in May. As the new class of Blues legends get inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame on May 4th visitors can go to the museum where they will get to see some of ‘The Chief’ displayed in one of the display cases. The Blues Hall of Fame is located at 421 South Main Street (across from the National Civil Rights Museum). — See more at: www.blues.org/hall-of-fame/#sthash.dV4yPY7I.dpuf
SWEET HOME CHICAGO CONCERT WITH BILLY BRANCH & SONS OF BLUES
Eddy was a part of the Blues extravaganza at Governors State University which brought together Chicago’s favorite bluesmen and women with Billy Branch and The Sons of Blues. The youngest member of the Blues cartel, Jamiah Rogers who was so honored to be on stage with the blues master, Eddy Clearwater. ‘I’m so honored to be a part of this concert and to play on the same stage with ‘The Chief’. I’m almost 21 years old so maybe this year I can actually get on stage with him at Buddy Guy’s Legends and play a song,” said Jamiah. “He reminds me of me when I was a kid said Eddy. He is a fine musician and he has style and class like the bluesmen of my day did,” said Eddy.
Lydia’s Home Foundation 100th Anniversary Gala
Emcee for the evening, Emmy Award winning journalist and friend, Jenniffer Wiegel with Eddy.
The Band: Dave Knopf, Tom Crivellone and Stephen Bass.
Click for Eddy Clearwater Blues Merchandise!
O N T H E A I R:
CLEVE BAKER’S CONFESSING THE BLUES • Confessing the Blues Radio
First Media Radio
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Blues America Radio from PRX • Host/Producer
“Damn Right We Got The Blues!”
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Mud Morganfield and Eddy “The Chief” Clearwater
at the Blues Blast Music Awards
Eddy receives the ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’Mud receives Best Traditional Blues Album Award for: For Pops a Tribute to Muddy Waters
Eddy receives Blues Blast
Lifetime Achievement Award
September 25th, 2015 Fluid Events Center, Champaign, IL Featuring 25 of the best in today's Blues music. Doors open at 5:00pm the show starts at 6:00 pm.
To get your tickets now, Click here.
Visit, www.theBBMAs.com for complete information.
Eddy “The Chief” Clearwater, Mud Morganfield, Anthony Gomes, Dave Specter, Tad Robinson, Andy T — Nick Nixon Band, Bob Corritore, Deb Ryder, Chris O’leary Band, John Ginty, Reverend Raven, Slam Allen, Alexis P. Suter, Ghost Town Blues Band, Missy Andersen, Bobby Messano, Magnus Berg, Markey Blue Band, The Duo Sonics, Big Harp George, Altered Five Blues Band, Eight O’ Five Jive, Oscar Wilson, Big Dave McLean with Steve Dawson & Dan Phelps
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EDDY EARNS FIVE HONORS AND IS FEATURED ON THE COVER PHOTO OF LIVING BLUES MAGAZINE
It has been a great year for Eddy Clearwater the cover of Living Blues Magazine & five honors, awards in recognition of his master guitar playing, songwriting, humanitarian and social justice testimonials he shares in his lyrics with soul stirring songs written in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks — “A Time For‘Peace’ penned while on a segregated bus from Birmingham to Chicago and arranged with new verses with Ronnie Baker Brooks & featuring the Memphis Gospel Choir in 2008 for the alligatorrecords CD, West Side Strut (#1 Living Blues Magazine Critics Poll) — “A Time For Peace” can be heard on the Alligator Records site and onwww.eddyclearwater.com Hope all the Blues & Gospel DJ's around the world will play, it for World Peace Day this Monday, September 21st.
REMEMBERING BB KING
“BB was so amazed when he saw me get up on stage and play with Muddy Waters. BB came up on stage to play with us and he gazed at me and then asked me..... how do you play that left handed and upside down’ —That evening was one of the greatest moments of my life playing with my two mentors and guitar heroes. They both told me, just keep on practicing and remember to always be humble and give your all to the audience. I have carried that philosophy with me all of my life and I thank them from the bottom of my heart.”
Check out this NBC Video
The big birthday celebration ended with the whole audience singing happy birthday to Eddy and the band of blues brothers on stage playing, 'Got Your Mojo Workin’ and did they ever. Eddy's fans were in the aisles dancing the night away and singing along.
(L-R) Shoji Naito, Stephen Bass, Billy Flynn, Billy Branch, Johnny Iguana, Wayne Baker Brooks Tom Crevillone, Dave Knaupf
photo credit: Lynn Orman Weiss
EDDY “The Chief’ Clearwater
FROM THE VILLAGE OF SKOKIE
Eddy Clearwater recipient of the
Artistic Excellence Award, 2015
Not every town has a Chicago Blues Legend living in the neighborhood. Skokie, IL is lucky enough to call ‘The Chief’ their hometown legend. On November 5, 2007 Eddy was presented with a plaque by the Village of Skokie’s Mayor, George Van Dusen. The first, “Arts Legacy Award” was created by Skokie resident, Lynn Orman Weiss to honor the Grammy-nominated & Handy Award winner, Blues artist for his musical achievements and mentoring of young artists. Mayor George Van Dusen proclaimed it Eddy ‘The Chief’ Clearwater Day.
Eddy Clearwater Proclamation,
Eddy Clearwater Day, 2007
On June 1, 2015 at 8:00pm...
Skokie Fine Arts Commission cordially invites you to attend the Skokie Award for Artistic Excellence reception, in honor of Eddy ‘The Chief’ Clearwater.
Skokie Village Hall
5127 Oakton St.
A reception will follow.
Although he‘s performed and recorded all around the world during his amazing musical odyssey that dates back to the 1950’s, he loves to come home to his wonderful home he shares with his wife, Renee in Skokie. ‘This is where I create my music, I practice with my band and I enjoy my family and friends. He may be on stages at the RAWA Festival in Poland or Muddy’s Club in Germany, but he loves to entertain at his annual birthday bash just over the border at Evanston’s, SPACE where all his neighbors and friends come out for a good time. Eddy even has a new CD and video out of his 80th birthday, SOUL FUNKY now available here; CD Baby, iTunes, Amazon and the Alligator store.
SOUL FUNKY LIVE was mixed with Rick Barnes at Rax Traxx studios and mastered by Mike Tholen. Eddy is working on his next CD release on the Alligator Records label and looking forward to going back into Rax Traxx to record.
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Find Eddy Clearwater on Alligator Records