Telarc presents the legendary statesman of Delta blues, Pinetop Perkins, on Born in the Delta, an intimate performance of eight selections. Perkins is in rare form with his rolling barrelhouse piano and pert vocals, accompanied by long-time allies—Tony O (guitar), Jerry Portnoy (harmonica), Willie "Big Eyes" Smith (drums), and Brad Vickers (bass).
A multimedia-enhanced CD, Born in the Delta includes video clips of the veteran in an impromptu performance, artist interviews in-person and from the pages of Living Blues magazine, a Perkins biography and photo gallery.
Born Joe Willie Perkins in Belzoni, MS, the 83-year old pianist remains one of the last great Mississippi bluesman still performing. He started out playing guitar, but sustained an injury and switched to piano. A disciple of Pinetop Smith, Perkins adopted that nickname and performed with notable blues artists such as Robert Nighthawk and Sonny Boy Williamson (Rice Miller) before eventually settling in Chicago and joining the Muddy Waters Band, the 12-year piano post for which he's best known. Perkins, Portnoy, and Smith, also Waters alumni, formed the original Legendary Blues Band in 1980, but Perkins left to pursue a solo career and has since been recording, touring and making television and film appearances.
Featured songs on Born in the Delta include low-rumbling laments such as "How Long," "Everyday I Have the Blues," "Tell Me What You Want To Do," "Blues After hours," and four more chuggin' blues tunes fueled by Perkins' percolating ivory-tickling, the harp virtuosity of Chicago-born, 53-year old Jerry Portnoy, whose penetrating, stirring style has accompanied Perkins' live and recorded performances for nearly two decades, and the steady beats of Willie "Big Eyes" Smith, also a long-time Perkins cohort.
Born in the Delta finds this acclaimed Mississippi-born artist and his team at their deep-grooved, rollicking bluesy best. Pinetop Perkins is a legend whose right-hand, boogie-woogie style led to swing and ultimately contributed to the advent of rock 'n' roll. He carries on.