SLEEVE: VG+ MEDIA: NM YEAR: 1979 ORIGIN: UK EXTRAS: N/A
Jimmy Rogers could hardly have had a more solid blues backgound. Born in Chicago, he was playing with the likes of Memphis Minnie and Sunnyland Slim while in his teens. In the 1950s, he joined the Muddy Waters set-up, becoming indispensible to the Waters sound. At the same time he recorded some well-received sides of his own. In later decades, as blues rose and fell in popularity, he took jobs in and out of music, always keeping food on the table.
Left Hand Frank Craig started even earlier. Too young to play clubs when he started, he played in the streets for tips. Soon renowned as a reliable sideman he, like Jimmy Rogers, had the resilience to survive the ups and downs of a blues life. So... here were two men raised in the tough Chicago blues tradition who knew how to play hard - in life or in music.