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May 27, 2022

Paul Butterfield retrospective, with Tom Ellis

Paul Butterfield retrospective, with Tom Ellis

Tom Ellis joins me on episode 62 for something a little bit different as we do a retrospective of the legendary Paul Butterfield, with Tom our resident expert. 

Born in 1942 in Chicago, Butterfield frequented many of the South Side blues clubs located there and even had the audacity to hire Howling Wolf’s rhythm section before going on to record his seminal album ‘The Paul Butterfield Blues Band’. His high energy form of blues launched him on the scene and he quickly followed this with the genre busting East West album, with the band evolving further in the following albums by incorporating horns. 

Butter moved to Woodstock and formed Better Days. He also appeared in some notable sideman roles, including The Last Waltz concert with The Band.

Butterfield has left us a tremendous body of work. He helped bring blues to the mainstream and created his own sound on harmonica that is as influential as any of the classic harmonica players.


Links:

Tom’s Blues Access magazine articles on Butterfield:
http://www.bluesaccess.com/No_25/butter.html
http://www.bluesaccess.com/No_27/butter.html
http://www.bluesaccess.com/No_29/butter.html
http://www.bluesaccess.com/No_31/butter.html

East West Live album review:
https://www.bluespower.com/447rev.htm

Horn From The Heart documentary:
https://www.hornfromtheheart.com/

Homespun instructional material:
https://www.homespun.com/instructors/paul-butterfield/

Videos:

Album with John Mayall:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fR040iW52_c

Performing at Woodstock in 1969:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h62W2ARtwU8

Mystery Train with The Band:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6-fmqOU8_Uo

Playing with Muddy Waters:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E5Sj5tpn-no

Performing with BB King, Eric Clapton, Steve Ray Vaughan:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a-i-tIXxtlY

2015 Hall of Fame Induction, with Jason Ricci:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xMxFvBVTWmM


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