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.
Tom’s Blues Access magazine articles on Butterfield:
East West Live album review:
Horn From The Heart documentary:
Homespun instructional material:
Album with John Mayall:
Performing at Woodstock in 1969:
Mystery Train with The Band:
Playing with Muddy Waters:
Performing with BB King, Eric Clapton, Steve Ray Vaughan:
2015 Hall of Fame Induction, with Jason Ricci:
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