“It is as authentic and organic as any blues fan could ever desire. I’d give this winning set a 100, but I wouldn’t want a talent like Bob Margolin to slack off.”
Ken Spooner, Elmore Magazine - on This Guitar and Tonight
Bob Margolin is a Steady Rollin’ Blues guitar player and singer who tours worldwide with his band, solo, or as a featured guest. He delivers original songs and the spirit of Chicago Blues that he learned onstage and recording in Muddy Waters’ band from 1973-1980. You can see him with Muddy and The Band in the Last Waltz film from 1976 all the way to live in the all-star 2022 Last Waltz shows by Blackbird Presents. Bob is known for his slide guitar, powerful vocals and the sound, stories and time travel of his experiences and with the legends he knew.
Bob’s new album is So Far, with harp master Bob Corritore. Already well-known in the Blues World, they collaborate on an acoustic duo album for the first time. Special guest guitarist-vocalist Jimmy Vivino graces two songs.
Bob is touring now. The 2022 Last Waltz May shows feature Warren Haynes, Don Was, Grace Potter, Jamey Johnson, Larry Campbell and more. Bob also does duo shows with Jimmy Vivino, “Just 2 Guitars & 200 Stories,” intimate and entertaining. He plays festivals with “The Bobs of the Blues” with Bob Corritore and Bob Stroger.
Bob’s all-acoustic album, This Guitar & Tonight, was released on Oct. 25, 2019. It won the Blues Foundation’s Blues Music Award for Best Acoustic Blues Album 2020. Bob won Blues Music Awards for Best Male Traditional Artist in 2017 and for Best Blues Guitarist in 2008 and 2005. He is a founding partner and recording artist for the VizzTone Label Group. He’s the Music Director of the Pinetop Perkins Foundation Masterclass Workshops. He won the Blues Foundation’s 2013 Keeping The Blues Alive award for Journalism. He is both your show tonight and living history. Baby don’t you want to go?
When Bob Margolin delivers a new release the blues world sits up, reaches out and takes note. (Iain Patience/Elmore Magazine)
“Raw, unadulterated back porch blues from Muddy Waters’ guitar player…It feels almost as monumental as Son’s House’s Death Letter. Yeah- I said that." (John Kerieff, The Rock Doctor)
After nearly 50 years of playing the Blues, Margolin should be bestowed with the 'icon' title. He's not just a link to many blues artists now gone from this world…but continues to breathe new life into the genre. Be sure to follow Margolin down his own personal Blues Highway by repeatedly listening to My Road. You won't regret it. (Bill Mitchell/BluesBytes)
Firing on all cylinders, Bob Margolin and his three-piece band shine on 'My Road'…his fretwork is marked by tastefulness and restraint…Margolin's guitar genius alone is a reason to purchase 'My Road.' (Stephen A. King/Living Blues)
(My Road) It is … an album of confidence and joy, played with spark and deep emotional power. … With its mix of blues styles, top drawer musicianship and sparkling production, My Road is a first class slab of modern blues and is highly recommended. (Rhys Williams/Blues Blast Magazine)
My Road is a delight for the way the 66-year-old articulates the enduring power of the music and the joys and struggles of life as a bluesman. There's no self-pity, lots of good humor, and deep feeling enhanced by the bare-bones accompaniment. (Nick Cristiano/Philadelphia Inquirer)