Interview: Blues Artist Eddy Clearwater

Eddy Clearwater - Photo by Roman Sobus

Eddy Clearwater started life out in Macon, MS where he was surrounded by all kinds of musical influences from Blues, Country Western and Gospel.  Clearwater got his initial start in Gospel music in the 1940’s in Birmingham, AL then moved to Chicago, IL in 1950 where he discovered the Blues.

After moving to Chicago, he worked as a dishwasher while pursuing his love of music. He began doing his first paid gigs in Gospel music at local churches around Chicago. In 1953 he began meeting local blues artists and was instantly bit by the Blues bug. Clearwater, known at that time as Guitar Eddy, started absorbing all the blues he could and was mentored by Magic Sam whom became a close friend over the years.  As he worked on mastering the Blues he came in contact with many other Blues greats like Sunnyland Slim and Earl Hooker and learned everything he could. Then after hearing Chuck Berry for the first time he decided to add Rock n’ Roll to his Blues style and in 1958 recorded and released his first single “Hill Billy Blues” and his career just began to grow from that point on.

Eddy Clearwater‘s years of work in the Blues were acknowledged in 2016 when he was inducted to the Memphis Blues Hall of Fame.

Fast forward to 2017 and Eddy Clearwater is still making some great Blues music. His latest album ‘Soul Funky’ was released in 2014 and was recorded live at one of his birthday celebrations.  It encompasses everything that is special about the Blues.  The lyrics say something, the music makes you feel something and it’s just a good feeling album that fans can enjoy.

Last week I had the chance to talk with Eddy Clearwater.  He’s working on new music and had a lot to say about his career and love for the Blues. Take a listen to our interview below and give some of Eddy Clearwater‘s albums a spin. You are sure to find plenty of music to enjoy.

Eddy Clearwater Discography:
2014 – Soul Funky, Cleartone Crystal Clear Music
2008 – West Side Strut, Alligator
2003 – Rock ‘N’ Roll City, Rounder/Bullseye Blues
2000 – Reservation Blues, Rounder/Bullseye Blues
1999 – Chicago Daily Blues, Wolf (European)
1998 – Cool Blues Walk, Rounder/Bullseye Blues
1998 – Chicago Blues Session, Vol. 23 (live), Wolf (European)
1996 – Mean Case Of The Blues, Rounder/Bullseye Blues
1995 – Boogie My Blues Away, Delmark
1992 – Live At The Kingston Mines, 1978, ROIR
1992 – Help Yourself, Blind Pig
1990 – Real Good Time: Live!, Rooster Blues
1989 – Blues Hang Out, Evidence
1986 – Flimdoozie, Rooster Blues
1981 – Two Times Nine, New Rose (European)
1980 – The Chief, Rooster Blues
1979 – Black Night (live), MCM (European)

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