“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 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 2023 album, to be released October 27 by The VizzTone Label Group, is THANKS. Bob celebrates 50 years since Muddy Waters took him in his band and put him on the road he still rides. He plays every song on the Gibson archtop guitar he played next to Muddy in The Last Waltz. Bob thanks Muddy and the musicians he met through Muddy with his songs and theirs, played with new fire, inspired by the feel and sound of that guitar.
Bob performs with bands he puts together, solo, duo, electric, acoustic. The gigs range from Blues Festivals, small listening rooms, and performance venues. He is featured with the Blackbird Presents Last Waltz tours. Today’s Americana star’s present this iconic music. Bob played with Muddy, The Band and Paul Butterfield at the original 1976 concert and brings fire and inspiration.
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)