June 6

Son Seals was a bluesman.

Playing in his father’s Arkansas juke joint at 13 he became a bandleader by 19 gigging around the south. He moved to Chicago and signed with Alligator Records in 1971, playing at the city’s many blues clubs during the week and traveling to outlying cities for the weekend.

The liner notes on this release, Midnight Son,  paint the picture… playing until the wee hours in some Chicago dive, load out your own equipment into a 2nd hand delivery van, guzzle some bad coffee at an all night rib joint and drive to the weekend show in Des Moines. Motel 6, coin operated b/w TV, back on stage, repeat.

Son lived the blues life… making enough to get by, 14 kids, house fires and stolen guitars. He was shot in the jaw by his quarrelsome spouse before loosing part of a leg (and eventually his life) to complications from diabetes.

No wonder he played the blues so well.

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