Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Eddy "The Chief" Clearwater Does The West Side Strut

Here's my "lost" interview with Chicago blues great Eddy "The Chief" Clearwater. I say "lost" because this interview is actually almost a year old. It was done in advance of Eddy's 2009 Pocono Blues Festival appearance, for a local Scranton/Wilkes-Barre publication. In the nearly 15-minute chat, Eddy talks about his history in the blues, including how he formed notable friendships on the 1960's/70's Chicago blues scene with standouts like Magic Sam and Lonnie Brooks, recalling the heyday of the city's blues scene; where as Eddy says, "there was a club on every corner." Speaking of Lonnie Brooks, Eddy talks about the experience of Lonnie's son, Ronnie, producing Eddy's 2008 Alligator Records release "West Side Strut," which was a favorite among fans and critics alike. Eddy also chats about his influences, what he thinks of the current blues scene, and his writing/recording process as well. Better late than never, enjoy a bit of wisdom from one of the legends (and still a foremost purveyor) of classic Chicago blues - Eddy "The Chief" Clearwater. Check Eddy out at

Listen To The Archived June 2009 Interview With Eddy Clearwater:

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