I was going to make this one all about the photo, so let's start there. Just look at it. Is it not one of the greatest Muddy Waters photos you've ever seen? What's amazing is that it wasn't set up. It wasn't even posed, or even suggested. It is a candid moment between Waters and his wife, Geneva, taken by Art Shay in 1951, who saw the moment and put it in the bank. Everything is just about perfect. The lighting, the directions that they're looking, their expressions, the composition, and dig the totally natural way his left arm wraps around her, still fingering frets. If you or I tried that it would look awkward as hell. It's just an amazing photo, unpublished until 2012, You can read all about it here, and catch a high resolution version here.
That was going to be it tonight. That is, until I ran into a page at Internet Archive that has a twenty six song compilation, all classic cuts. If you do not know the Mud man, consider these super ultra mandatory. And check out his bio. Don't go walking around like you don't know jack shit. Muddy Waters is essential, period. Go.
~ NOTE: ALL MEDIA IS HOSTED BY THE BLOGS & SITES NAMED BELOW ~Listen:
Muddy Waters - Rolling Stone mp3 at A.Tumblr (?) 1948
Muddy Waters - I Just Can't Be Satisfied mp3 at Tiny Cat Pants 1977
Muddy Waters - The Anthology 1 at Internet Archive NOTE: In the right hand column, where it says "Download Options", click on "VBR MP3" for twenty six individual mp3s
Art Shay on Muddy Waters at The Chicago Blog The photographer
Muddy Waters and wife Geneva - High resolution
Muddy Waters at All Music Bio and discography