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Big Bill Morganfield

Big Bill Morganfield, the son of McKinley Morganfield (Muddy Waters), has emerged in the past few years as one of the top blues talents in America. Bill has played all over the world in the past 15 years, bringing pure joy to those who have had the pleasure of seeing one of his live performances.

Many men try to fill their father's shoes when they join the family business. Few, however, must prove they are up to the task in front of an audience as large as the one that watched Big Bill Morganfield come into his own.

In 2013 Big Bill won a Jus' Blues Award for "Best Contemporary Blues Artist". Also in 2013, Big Bill was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in St. Louis MO. as a "Master Blues Artist".

When asked about his brand of blues, Bill exclaims, “I play real blues. Nothing but real blues and I play it with my heart, my soul and a little bit of Mud grease.”

"The similarity between Bill Morganfield's voice and his father's is uncanny" -Living Blues Magazine, Issue #246, Volume 47, #6. December 2016, by David Whiteis

Big Bill's story is simply a great success story. Many have dreams, but so few have what it takes to make that dream a reality. But, hard work, burning desire, perseverance, and strong religious convictions gave him the strength and focus needed to fulfill his dreams.

Multi-Award Winning Blues Artist

  • W.C. Handy Award Winner ~ Best New Artist
  • Hall of Fame Inductee ~ Master Blues Artist
  • 2013 Jus' Blues Award ~ Best Contemporary Blues Artist
  • 2015 Georgia Music Legend Award
  • 2016 Jus' Blues Award~Muddy Waters Lifetime Achievement Award
  • 2018 Atlanta Legends Of The Blues Award

Big Bill Morganfield accepts The Blues Foundation's
1999 W.C. Handy Award for Best New Artist.

Discography

  • Rising Son April 6, 1999, Blind Pig Records
    Won W.C. Handy Award for Best New Artist - #1 On Living Blues Charts.
  • Ramblin’ Mind February 13, 2001, Blind Pig Records
  • Blues In The Blood September 16. 2003, Blind Pig Records
  • Born Lover July 7, 2009, Black Shuck Records
  • Blues With A Mood February 13, 2013
  • Bloodstains On The Wall October 10, 2016

Other Album, Motion Picture and TV Appearances

  • Shots Fired Fox TV Series- 2017. Guest appearance on episode 2 & 4. Two songs, Hold Me Baby and Hot Love, used by the TV Series.
  • Banshee Cinemax TV Series. Big Bill appears in Season 4, episode 8 as himself and pens two tunes used on the series, Evil and Strong Love
  • The Best of Jazz Live vol. 1 A compilation of the best performances from the Jazz Live radio program broadcast out of San Diego, CA
  • Blind Pig Records 30th Anniversary Collection 33 audio and 6 video treasures from Blind Pig's illustrious history - musical moments that are polished, timeless, and rare as pearls.
  • A Love Song For Bobby Long The soundtrack to Shainee Gabel's directorial debut, A Love Song for Bobby Long.
  • If This Is Love, I'd Rather Have The Blues Wry tales of sweet love gone sour from the vaults of Blind Pig Records.



William Reed and The Juke Joint Dukes

William Reed and The Juke Joint Dukes are dedicated to the old-school blues styles that birthed the blues idiom dances at the core of Brickyard's classes. Mr. Reed develops an amazing connection with all types of audiences. He can make normal people dance and dancers wear holes in their shoes. The crowd will shout “ya know it” and “that’s right” when he tells his stories in songs.

Mr. Reed and the Juke Joint Dukes pride themselves on connecting with the soul of blues; they understand that playing blues is all about feeling! Much of the Dukes’ success as a band can be attributed to their teamwork and dedication to each other, and to their passion for the authentic sounds of Muddy Waters, Albert King, and BB King.

William Reed

A multi-instrumentalist, Mr. Reed's experience on bass influences his melodic lead guitar riffs and rhythm fills. He pursued music as a second career later in life and has been a paid musician playing house parties in-and-around Atlanta for over 25 years.

Mr. Reed met the Juke Joint Dukes at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack one summer night in 2016. He sang and played a set that night with the band and they were an instant match. In his personal life, Mr. Reed is involved in his community to eliminate drugs and violence. In keeping with his convictions, he refuses to sing songs that glorify drugs or violence.

William Reed and The Juke Joint Dukes will be a great start to a full weekend of blues dancing and classes.


The Shadows

As Blind Willie’s Blues Club’s house band, The Shadows have backed both national acts and local talent across decades of concerts. The musical chops needed to play with visiting artists across blues genres is extreme; You clearly hear the skill honed across thousands of nights playing all styles of blues as headline musicians have taken a turn on stage with The Shadows.

The Shadows have been with the club since 1986 when Blind Willie’s co-founder and Shadows bassist Roger Gregory literally helped build out the club with his own hands. From hammer to ax, Roger strikes a perfect rhythm while Albey Scholl (harmonica, sax, vocals), Kenny Kilgore (guitar) and Bill Stewart (drums) send it solid.

You know all those artists you dance to at quality DJ’d blues dances? The Shadows have probably played with them. There is a reason that Blind Willie’s was awarded a W.C. Handy Award for “Blues Club of the Year” by the Blues Foundation – and a big part of that was having a house band that could shine as bright as the biggest artists who graced their stage.


The Breeze Kings

The Breeze Kings have been one of the busiest and most respected bands in the Atlanta music scene. Their music - featuring complex guitar parts, explosive harmonica, and rock steady rhythms - is an exciting and authentic blend of 50's and 60's era blues styles with roots reaching out to Chicago, Memphis and the Delta region. Their performances draw in audiences of both blues purists and those new to the genre.

The band has released four CD's on Atlanta's Veritone Records label, performed over 3,000 shows all over the Eastern USA and completed four tours of Europe. They have opened for, and played with, some of the biggest names in blues, performed live on television and radio, and their music is regularly played on local, regional, national and international blues radio and internet programs. The Breeze Kings have won Creative Loafing Magazine's prestigious Best of Atlanta award 11 years, between "Best Blues Band" and "Best Dance Band" categories, and were among the top 10 finalists at the 2005 International Blues Challenge competition in Memphis TN.

"Before I ever heard these guys I knew that they had been voted Atlanta's best blues band 3 years in a row. After I heard them, I knew exactly why and can only explain it like this... whenever these guys go to play a gig, they must take a spiritual detour through Chicago, Memphis and New Orleans. That's the only way that I can explain their show. They are original, authentic and entertaining as well as a lot of fun. You'll hear some of the best harmonica, guitar, bass, drums and blues vocals ever."

-Harty Wiedemann, Blues Pros Talent     


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