Bobby Rush - I'm A Blues Singer - Classic Blues Videos
at Ground Zero Blues Club in Clarksdale, Mississippi
Blues legend Bobby Rush performs his version of Muddy's tune which we'll call "I'm A Blues Singer" at the Ground Zero Blues Club in Clarksdale, Mississippi.
Bobby Rush (born Emmit Ellis Jr., November 10, 1935, Homer, Louisiana) is an American blues and R&B musician, composer and singer. His style incorporates elements of soul blues, rap and funk.
Born Emmit Ellis, Jr. in Homer, Louisiana, Rush was the son of Ellis Sr. and Mattie Elllis. His father was a pastor whose guitar and harmonica playing provided early musical influences. As a young child he began experimenting with music using a sugar-cane syrup-bucket and a broom-wire diddley bow. Around 1946, he and the family moved to Pine Bluff, Arkansas where his father took on the pastorate of a church. It was here that Rush would become friends with Elmore James, slide-player Boyd Gilmore (Elmore's cousin), and piano-player Moose John Walker; eventually forming a band to support his singing, as well as harp and guitar playing. Still a teen, Rush donned a fake mustache to play in local juke joints with the band fascinated by enthusiasm of the crowds. His family relocated to Chicago in 1954 where he became part of the local blues scene in the following decade. In the early 1980s he moved to Jackson, Mississippi, where he recorded a series of records for the LaJam label, Malaco's Waldoxy imprint, and more recently his own Deep Rush label. 2004's FolkFunk was a return to a more rootsier sound, featuring guitarist Alvin Youngblood Hart. He appeared in the film, The Road to Memphis which is part of the series The Blues, produced by Martin Scorsese. Rush was also a judge for the second annual Independent Music Awards to support independent artists' careers.
Rush received recognition for his music after the release of his twenty second album Rush, when he was awarded "Best Male Soul Blues Artist" at the Blues Music Awards. He also received “best acoustic artist” and “best acoustic album” for his album Raw. His most recent albums are Look At What You Gettin' (2008) and Blind Snake (2009).
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