Muddy Gurdy new album, fields recording sessions!! Three years after North Mississippi sessions, the french trio record his new album in his land. Surrounded by mountains, volcanoes…
The Blues Foundation sponsored the Official Blues Showcase, sharing the music of Doug MacLeod, Janiva Magness, Muddy Gurdy, Ray Bonneville, and Shakura S’aida.
The Blues Foundation mentioned Muddy Gurdy in their February, 2020, newsletter. Muddy Gurdy performed during an official showcase on Thursday, January 30, on the Grand Chenier stage, sponsored by the Blues Foundation, for the Folk Alliance Internation Conference which was held in New Orleans this year.
France’s Muddy Gurdy, with a left-of-center lineup, turned out to be a pleasant surprise. With a lissome lead singer playing muscular guitar, this group plays North Mississippi blues as if they were born there—though the French accent on the lyrics is a giveaway—and they’ve brought back a vintage hurdy gurdy, something we don’t hear every day, even at Folk Alliance, where odd instruments aren’t odd. The room was in almost total darkness, but we’ll get a better look at another showcase, that’s one of the many advantages of Folk Alliance’s setup.
In Elmore Magazine‘s « Folk Alliance International, Day 1 » report.
Muddy-Gurdy is among the 180 bands selected to participate to the Folk Alliance International International Conference, among over 1,000 bands listened to by the commission.
Hurdy-gurdy player Gilles Chabenat, guitarist and singer Tia Gouttebel and percussionnist Marc Glomeau will fly to New Orleans in January, 2020 for a series of official showcases in front of professionals from all over the world (booking agents, bookers, record labels…), from January 22 to 26 at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel.
What a symbol that Muddy-Gurdy travels to New Orleans with its hurdy-gurdy…
Super excited to announce the next wave of artists for Red Rooster Festival […] Main stage additions [include] first ever UK festival performances from Muddy Gurdy.
– By PRB Presents, « promoters of twisted roots & punked up blues across Europe »
The Muddy Gurdy trio will perform at the Red Rooster festival in Euston Hall, Suffolk, on Saturday, June 1st.
This is a terrific, offbeat project. A young French blues group featuring a female singer/guitarist and a hurdy-gurdy filling in chords like a Farsifa organ travelled to the North Mississippi hill country outside Memphis and recorded live in-studio (and sometimes on-porch) with grandchildren of former local blues legends Otha Turner, Junior Kimbrough, and R.L. Burnside. Everything works sensationally well. The hurdy-gurdy with its bagpipe-like drone turns out to be a great instrument for one-chord hill-country blues. The French players are high-quality. The young American blues players give superlative performances. This is similar to some of the North Mississippi Allstars projects — some of the same artists, lots of the same feel. If you like the North Mississippi Allstars, or for that matter Turner, Kimbrough, Burnside, John Lee Hooker, Mississippi Fred McDowell, Howlin’ Wolf, this is a record you will enjoy.
– John, an Amazon customer. Get your copy of Muddy Gurdy on Amazon as well.
KVMR 89.5 FM’s Steve Cagle, whose show, Blues Spectrum, airs every other Sunday from 1 pm to 3 pm put Muddy Gurdy in his best albums of 2018 list, according to Nevada County, California, newspaper The Union.