Muddy Waters Junior at the Palladium in Bideford

THE sound of Chicago blues will fill the Palladium Club in Bideford this Friday (July 18) when Mud Morganfield - the eldest son of blues legend Muddy Waters - comes to town for his only South West appearance. This son and heir of the King of Chicago blu

THE sound of Chicago blues will fill the Palladium Club in Bideford this Friday (July 18) when Mud Morganfield - the eldest son of blues legend Muddy Waters - comes to town for his only South West appearance.

This son and heir of the "King of Chicago blues" is blessed with a big and powerful voice that can manage to convey deep emotional resonance on the slow numbers and the good ol' fashioned testosterone-laden strut on those classic shuffles.

Mud mixes up the sets with his father's classic songs and his own original material.

"I started to sing to show the world that dad left me here," explained Mud.

"I love and am proud to sing his songs just like I love and will always be proud of him. I'm not Muddy Waters and I'm certainly not trying to be Muddy Waters. I'm Mud Morganfield but when I'm up on stage I always feel pops is there with me and it means so much that I can get on stage and keep his music alive around the world."

Mud looks and sounds strikingly like his old man, so much so one former Muddy Waters sidemen felt it was "like watching a ghost in the flesh."

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He is touring the UK with The Dirty Aces, of whom he says: "I was totally blown away by The Dirty Aces, how they could play my pop's and my original stuff so well. It's a very rare thing to be able to do and it was really outstanding. They are great players and also my friends."

Doors open at 8pm and tickets are �14 in advance or �15 on the door. Advance tickets are available from www.ticketweb.co.uk, www.northdevontheatres.org, the box office on (01271) 324242 or the club at (01237) 478860.

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