Was watching 'The Last Waltz' on AMC and was lucky enough to catch Muddy Waters' performance. Oh....my.......god. Re: the Hank Williams thread. Yeah, Hank aveva dato un calcisisimo al asino, but Muddy Waters really phuquing kicked ass, and he didn't even kick the most. What came through in that move, and in most of his recordings was a sense of absolute confidence. He knew he was gonna kick ass. You knew it, and he knew you knew it. He didn't have to go psycho on stage; he didn't have to drink himself to death. He just stood there and sang (sung? damn, that's a point of grammer I never got!). In my 3 and too much change decades on the planet, I have only seen BB King, Bo Diddley, Willie Horton, Robert Cray and Luther (Guitar Jr) Johnson in the flesh. However, I also have been absolutely blown away by (an incomplete list) Howling Wolf, Robert Johnson, Son House, Otis Rush, Son Seals, Elmore James, Walter Jacobs and Skip James. A fundamental reality that must inform any thread that springs from this post: while the likes of Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Charlie Musselwhite are quite impressive when viewed individually, they only approach but never equal the holy trinity (different for everyone; mine are Elmore James, Otis Rush and Robert Johnson). To understand the difference, PLEASE find and read a copy of Robert Palmer's book 'Deep Blues'. The critic, not the guy who sang 'Addicted to Love'. It's folk music in the deepest sense, which is to say, it came out of a particular community in a particular time. People with no connection to that place and time can make spectacular music, and often have, but it's not quite the same thing. I guess I'm hoping for something like the Punk thread: who do you like, who have you seen, how did you discover this kind of music?