BLUES VETERAN BIG GEORGE BROCK RELEASES FIRST LIVE ALBUM
SEPTEMBER 21, 2007 (CLARKSDALE, MS) -- After a summer
of festival dates and overseas touring, 75-year-old bluesman Big
George Brock has released his first live album ever. Entitled "Live
At Seventy Five," it marks Brock's fourth release on the Cat
Head Presents label.
"Yeah, I guess you could call it seventy five
years in the making," said Brock from his current home in St.
Louis. "I put everything I have into this recording. Everything
I've been through. Man, you just don't know. I was ready to make
Recorded live at Clarksdale's world-famous Ground
Zero Blues Club on May 12th of this year, the CD features a mix
of Brock originals and classic blues covers from many of the legendary
bluesmen he played with back in the day -- including songs by Muddy
Waters and Howlin' Wolf. It also features a special introduction
from an old Delta friend.
"Mr. Sonny Payne is always just so nice,"
said Brock. "I used to listen to him and Sonny Boy [Williamson
II] on King Biscuit Time when I was young. I was just so happy that
Sonny introduced me on my new record. It really meant a lot to me."
It seems that Payne is also a big fan of Brock.
He was quoted in Blues Revue magazine earlier this year saying,
"You don't hear blues today. You think you do, but you don't.
I'm talking about the younger generation. You're hearing crossover.
To me, blues is… I don't know. Big George Brock. That's about
as close – not close – it is the blues."
Joining Brock on the new "Live At Seventy Five"
CD are guitarists Riley Coatie, Sr. and Bill Abel. Each has backed
Brock on past CD and DVD releases, and each has accompanied Brock
on various overseas festival dates. They are joined by Riley Coatie,
Jr. on drums and Barry Bays on bass.
"We played in France twice this year,"
said Brock. "They loved us over there. And back in June, we
were over in England for two weeks. It was all just wonderful, but
I was happy to get back to the Delta to make this record. I've got
this new song on there about bringing the blues back home. It's
Clarksdale that I'm talking about in that song. Muddy and them took
the blues north. I brought them back down south."
Brock grew up at a cotton plantation just outside
Clarksdale, Mississippi. Through the years, he's been lucky enough
to share stage or studio with the likes of Muddy Waters, Howlin'
Wolf, Jimmy Reed, Albert King, Hubert Sumlin, Steven Seagal, Watermelon
Slim and others.
played with a lot of fine musicians through the years," said
Brock. "Muddy was about my favorite because he was so nice to
me, encouraging to me. I've met some good, young players lately, though,
that let's me know the blues ain't going nowhere. And as long as I'm
on this earth, I plan to make sure of that."
Brock's "Live At Seventy Five" is available now at record
stores via Burnside Distribution Corporation. It can also be previewed
and purchased on the web at www.CDbaby.com,
iTunes and www.Amazon.com.
Brock's biography, tour dates and more are available at www.cathead.biz.