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Shaking hands with a living legend

Pinetop Perkins - Living Legend

Our trip to the States has been full of amazing happenstance – being in the right place at the right time on an amazing number of occasions. (Or in the case of this morning, the wrong place, as a plane crashed into a building here in Austin a few blocks away!!!)

But last night, we wandered into Nuno’s on the famous 6th. street, and found ourselves sitting next to Pinetop Perkins who, at 96 years young, is pretty much the oldest living bona fide Delta bluesman. I introduced myself, and shook his hand. It was akin to touching history. Here was a man who was there at the beginning, played Piano for Muddy Waters, Sonny boy Williamson, BB King, the list is endless.  I bought a CD, Pinetop Perkins and friends, recorded with the likes of Eric Clapton, and amnazingly, recorded when Pinetop was 94!  – and he kindly signed it for me. 

But more amazing than that, he took to the stage last night. That grand old man of the blues, joined the house band and proceeded to take us back in time with half a dozen classics, such as Down in Mississippi, and Pinetop Boogie.   I leaned over to Miki and whispered, “We are so privileged to witness this.”

My respect and affection for this man knew no bounds. The term ‘living legend’ is bandied about with vulgar regularity in this shallow era, but here was a man who embodied it.

Who would have thought, when I signed the guitar in Helena at the studios of King Biscuit time, and noticed Pinetop’s signature, that I would meet him some weeks later?  Life, as I had often suspected, is amazing.

Kev Moore

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February 18, 2010 - Posted by | Music, Recording, Touring, Writing | , , , , ,

4 Comments »

  1. Kevin, it’s nice reading you again !

    Your post gave me the opportunity to listen again one of my favorite Joe Willie “Pinetop” Perkins’ albums : “Pinetop is just top”, recorded in 1976 in Zurich with the inspired guitarist Luther Johnson Jr. I warmly recommand this moment of pure hapiness.

    Yes, Kevin, no doubt you are privileged and I am so happy for you, it’s so great to meet this living legend… Chance do nice things !

    Comment by Joël | February 18, 2010

  2. Hi Joel, great to hear you have a PinEtop CD! I hope you enjoyed reading this, it was indeed a privilege to meet such a blues icon.

    Comment by kevmoore | February 19, 2010

  3. Kevin, thanks to you I am traveling “by proxy” !

    My first musical emotions came from jazz, blues and boogie woogie. The names of Muddy Waters, BB King, Pinetop Perkins pleasantlty sound to me.

    My ‘MP3 daughters’ do not unsderstand how I can like my LPs collection… A question of generation ? 🙂

    Best thoughts to both of you.

    Comment by Joël | February 19, 2010

  4. Joel,

    I love that phrase “mp3 daughters” and will probably use it in a song! I’m glad I can take you on this journey with us.

    Comment by kevmoore | February 20, 2010


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