Juke Joint Festival, Saturday, April 11
"Blues is a state of mind, lifestyle, frame of reference, ideology and indeed a state of being."
This is where Butch Mudbone lives. A good bluesman must experience and understand the pain and suffering intrinsic to the human condition, then work with it and mold it into a song. This can be done either with writing original material or by interpreting in a personal way the works of former masters, such as Robert Johnson.
To be done right, blues isn't to be just sung. It's to be lived.
This is Butch Mudbone's world. The expression of his blues embraces all of the music's history which proceeded him. He is equally comfortable in solo performance or with his band, the Wolfpack, who can chum out a searing blues or modem rhythmic funk.
The itinerant bluesman of the past covered a small regional territory. As one of today's blues Disciples, Mudbone repeatedly has performed in France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Czechoslovakia and Canada In the United States he has worked venues, such as the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival (28 years), Monterey Jazz Festival, Delta Blues Festival, Tucson Blues Festival, Ojai Bowlful of Blues and the Memphis Blues Festival. He's opened shows for B.B. King, James Brown, John Lee Hooker, James Cotton and a host of others.
This album samples the rich and diverse shades of blues in which Mudbone creates his art. It's an interesting and exciting set of deep and soulful sounds. The current crop of rock musicians clamoring to climb aboard the blues bandwagon will find it impossible to play music like this.
It has to flow from your pores before you can play and sing it out to the people.
This is the artistry of Butch Mudbone.