Muddy Waters’ Delta roots stretch deep into the heart of his son Joseph “Mojo” Morganfield’s powerful vocals on his new single “Good to be King." DNA and a childhood of experiences from the heart of the Chicago blues scene pour out his legacy in Mojo’s latest single.
“Every person has their castle – family, friends, and the things you surround yourself with - giving them that moment,” says Mojo. “It doesn’t happen every day, so when it does – enjoy it!”
Mojo, the only son Muddy raised, grew up in and around Chicago with the father of the Chicago Blues. Muddy Waters gave Mojo his first guitar backstage at one of his concerts. Raised with the same Mississippi country values to which Muddy held firm, even after decades in Chicago, Mojo’s talent took a backseat while he worked to provide for his own children. Now he is doing what comes naturally and returning to his music.
Mojo could’t help but carry on his father’s sound, “elemental and deep…sound no one else could make” according to Rolling Stone’s Obituary of a Blues Legend. Muddy’s sound influenced many greats, placing Mojo in the company of Eric Clapton, the Rolling Stones, and so many others.
Some of Muddy’s colleagues stepped into the recording studio to help Mojo launch his musical career and his powerful new single, "Good to be King.” Billy Branch on harp and Rick Kreher on guitar extended the hand Muddy once offered each of them. Ronnie Brooks, son of another member of Muddy’s circle, Lonnie Brooks, laid spectacular tracks for this single as well. Even first-generation bluesman Brother John Kattke‘s work on the piano emanates that legendary feel.
It is available now on Mojo's, Muddy’s, and Delmark's websites (www.josephmojomorganfield.com, www.muddywatersofficial.com, www.delmark.comrespectively) and social media platforms, as well as iTunes and Spotify.
Mojo's first full album was going to be released in 2021. We will look through the archives to determine whether we have enough material to release. Subscribe to Mojo's newsletter for future announcements.