Music: Down Home and Dirty

Muddy Waters is the king of dirty blues, down-home blues, funky blues or straight blues—most properly known as Delta or country blues. Along with such other black masters of this unique American art form as B.B. King and Howlin' Wolf, Muddy is riding the crest of a surprisingly long-lived blues revival. Of them all, he remains the purest, the most loyal to where he has been and what it has cost him. Muddy's brand of Delta blues is supposed to follow the traditional twelve-bar structure, but as often as not uses eleven...

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