The album features Waters on acoustic guitarbacked by Willie Dixon on string bassClifton James on drums, and Buddy Guy on acoustic guitar. It is Waters's only all-acoustic album. Numerous reissues of Folk Singer include bonus tracks from two subsequent sessions, in April and October Despite not charting in any country, Folk Singer received critical acclaim; most reviewers praised its high-quality sound, especially on remastered versions, as well as the instrumentation.
Inthe album was ranked number on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the greatest albums of all time. After his successful performance at Newport Jazz Festival and tours through America, Chess Records encouraged Waters to record songs for a new studio album. Before the recording, several musicians had left Waters's band, and others had joined Waters.
Andrew Stephens, who played at I Wish It Could Be Christmas - Various - Bollocks To Christmas, was replaced in the following years with numerous bassists. Pat Hare was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of his wife while in jail, he formed the band Sounds Incarcerated.
Madison played guitar on some of the reissue bonus tracks, as did Sammy Lawhorn. Lawhorn allegedly suffered from narcolepsy Elvin Bishop denied this, believing that Lawhorn's sleepiness was due to alcoholism. Guy had been discovered by Waters shortly after Guy arrived in Chicago from Louisiana. Folk Singer is an "unplugged" recording and differs from his earlier albums, which featured an electric blues sound. The title of the album was chosen by Chess Records because it was recorded during the time when folk music was popular.
In order to appeal to fans of folk music, Chess recorded a more acoustic album with two acoustic guitarists. Buddy Guy was hired as the second guitarist. Other Mack The Knife - Louis Armstrong - The Magic Collection played on bonus tracks.
During recording, Waters emphasized his singing with hums and sighs. The first gig out of seventeen took place in London; other performances were in Belgium, Germany, France and Denmark. In a contemporary Cold Weather Blues - Muddy Waters - Folk SingerDown Beat magazine found Waters's singing "forced and artificial", writing that Folk Singer suffers from a major flaw: "He only begins to come close to the power and unforced intensity of the original numbers and style from time to time, as on 'You Gonna Need My Help' and 'My Home Is in the Delta'".
There aren't too many blues albums that qualify as audiophile recordings, but Muddy Waters Folk Singer surely does. A wonderfully intimate session, it delivers Waters' voice in all its power and subtlety, while rendering his guitar work Credits are adapted from AllMusic. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For the album by Phranc, Cold Weather Blues - Muddy Waters - Folk Singer Folksinger album.
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