SHOW 26: NOV 13-19 2015
EDDY "CHIEF" CLEARWATER
Eddy “The Chief” Clearwater is a Chicago blues legend who plays electric guitar left-handed. A cousin of legendary harmonica master, Carey Bell, Eddy was raised by his Cherokee grandmother in Mississippi before moving to Alabama and performing in gospel groups, including the 5 Blind Boys of Alabama. In 1950 he arrived in Chicago upon invitation from his uncle who owned Atomic H record label, the Reverend Houston Harrington. “Guitar Eddy,” as he was known then, was mentored by the late great Magic Sam and soon became a regular player on the Chicago blues scene after changing his name from Eddy Harrington to Eddy Clearwater. By 1981, he had recorded his biggest record, The Chief on the Rooster label with the Bells (Carey and Lurrie) and his career took-off from there. The Grammy Award nominated blues artist has recorded 16 albums and won 2 W.C. Handy Awards. He is known for wearing a Native American headdress during performances. The 80 year old living legend is working on his next album with Alligator Records, due sometime in 2016.