• Thanks for the tap, welcome to my App. I play Blues guitar and sing, I tour & record on today's Blues scene. Been around a while too. Bandleader, guest, with Chicago Blues legends, a revue or alone, on a stage or your laptop, pad or phone, I’m here to play my deepest, driving, moving and most entertaining Blues.
• Nominated for a 2013 Blues Music Award by the Blues Foundation for Traditional Blues Male Artist.
• Won the Blues Foundations’s Blues Music Award for "Best Instrumentalist, Guitar" in ‘08 and ‘05 and was nominated in 1996.
• Won a Blues Music Award for producing the Best Historical Recording in ‘04, Breakin’ It Up and Breakin’ It Down,” on Sony/Legacy. This was from live shows I played on in 1977 with Johnny Winter, Muddy Waters, and James Cotton.
• Nominated for ‘04 “Best Traditional Blues Album” and “Blues Band of the Year” Blues Music Awards for The Bob Margolin All Star Blues Jam which featured Pinetop Perkins, Carey Bell, Willie “Big Eyes” Smith and Mookie Brill.
• Received the Blues Foundation’s KEEPING THE BLUES ALIVE AWARD in 2013 for Journalism. I have written a column in Blues Revue magazine for 20 years.
• 2011 - published an eBook, which presents the best of my writing: Blues Revue columns, photos & their stories, and intentional Blues fiction. Available from iTunes, Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble Nook, and most online sites.
• My latest CD is "Blues Around The World," recorded with the Mike Sponza Band from Italy. I have toured Europe many times with Mike and his fine band. Listen to or purchase “Blues Around The World here: www.vizztone.com
• In 2012, I co-produced and played on a CD, Not Alone, with Blues piano, guitar, & vocal star Ann Rabson. Ann is known for her 25 years with Saffire, The Uppity Blues Women. She always made her own recordings too. On this, my guitar is the frame around Ann’s piano and vocal Blues and I sing three songs too. You can hear the magic of our friendship. I am brokenhearted that Ann passed in January 2013. Not Alone is nominated for the Blues Foundation’s Blues Music Award for Best Acoustic Album 2013.
• I am a founding partner in The VizzTone Label Group which started in 2007 with my CD, “In North Carolina.” As of the beginning of 2013, the VizzTone Label Group has over 50 releases - vizztone.com. Our value is the quality of our artist partners. DJ’s, writers and fans can count on VizzTone CDs for great music.
• Before my 2 VizzTone albums, I recorded these albums:
• The Bob Margolin All-Star Blues Jam (’03) Telarc
• Hold Me To It (’99) Blind Pig
• Up & In (’97) Alligator
• My Blues & My Guitar (’95) Alligator
• Down In The Alley (’93) Alligator
• Chicago Blues (’90) Powerhouse
• The Old School (’88) Powerhouse
• BEFORE 2011. For a more detailed account of my early years, please buy my e-book or check out my bobmargolin.com website. I became a professional musician in 1971. In August 1973, I went to see Muddy Waters at Paul’s Mall in Boston. He had seen me in opening bands and was very encouraging to me because I was trying to play his style of “Old School” Chicago Blues. He hired me to play in his band. Muddy’s band toured the world and jammed with many great Blues and Rock musicians, but the biggest thrill was playing Muddy’s Blues with him. He brought me with him in 1975 for the Grammy-winning Muddy Waters Woodstock Album, his last for Chess Records, with Levon Helm and Garth Hudson from The Band and featuring Paul Butterfield.
In ‘76, Muddy brought me with him to San Francisco to perform at The Band’s Last Waltz concert. Martin Scorcese filmed the concert for the classic film. Fatefully, only one camera was operating during our performance, zooming in or out, and since I was standing right next to Muddy, I was in every shot while he sang a powerful “Mannish Boy.”
I played on the 4 albums Muddy recorded for Blue Sky Records, produced by Johnny Winter, and with Johnny on his Nothin’ But The Blues album. 3 of those albums won Grammy Awards.
I started my own band in 1980. Now I roam the world playing with fine musicians who will do it with me — I am a Blues Slut. Since 2010 the way I gig is changing. I still play in Blues clubs in the U.S. either with a band I bring from North Carolina or with musicians who live where I’m booked. I still do festivals and big club shows with the surviving legends of Chicago Blues. Now I fly overseas alone more, to work with fine bands who contact me. I tour often with non-American bands who take care of business on and off the bandstand and become my musical and social brothers and sisters.
All the music I’ve listened to and played, all the experience onstage, and all the fine musicians I’ve worked with leave their mark on me and are revealed when I play. On the bandstand, I play what feels right at the moment, whether it’s featuring my original songs, telling stories, joking and talking with he audience, or just playing for the dancers. I like to be “professional” for responsibility and competence, but past that I am a musician playing for my friends.
I’m on the Board of Directors of the Pinetop Perkins Foundation. I teach annual masterclass workshops in Blues guitar www.pinetopperkinsfoundation.org. I teach workshops at Jorma Kaukonen’s Fur Peace Ranch www.furpeaceranch.com. Playing at the Beacon Theater in New York as a guest of The Allman Brothers in ’09 and Electric Hot Tuna in ‘12 were thrills. Thanks for checking me out and getting to know me, but you can get much closer to who I am by listening to my music. I hope this background makes that more interesting for you.