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Junior Wells – Messin’ With The Kid

Junior Wells – Messin’ With The Kid

Junior Wells performs at a legendary concert featuring some of the most well-known blues songs of all time. Recorded at The Montreux Jazz Festival, in Switzerland, in 1974. Above all, this film captures on DVD some of the most influential and endearing musicians of the century including Chicago.  Most noteworthy, is that there are so many Blues legends such as Muddy Waters, Buddy Guy, and Junior Wells. Music fans of all genres will love this live set. Furthermore, it’s full of songs about bad luck, cheap booze, torrid love, and centuries of oppression.

The Musicians

The band is very interesting with Pinetop Perkins (a rather young Pinetop Perkins!) on Piano, Bill Wyman with his custom bass, drummer Dallas Taylor (of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young), Terry Taylor on second guitar and Buddy Guy on lead guitar. Junior Wells steps back into the shoes he filled in 1950 when Little Walter left Muddy’s band. It is really historical and something to see and hear.  Junior Wells truly demonstrates his prowess on the chromatic harp that he had learned from Little Walter.  Buddy offers his vocal talents on “Ten Years Ago” and showcases his guitar showmanship with his neat sunburst 1950s Stratocaster! He also offers “When The Tears Are Falling From My Eyes” in which he incorporates his passionate vocal style.

Overall, this performance is a musical gem for future generations to embrace.

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