Antone's 42nd Anniversary: Closing Night with Eddie Shaw (Howlin' Wolf Band) with Carl Weathersby, Little Freddie King


Antone's 42nd Anniversary: Closing Night with Eddie Shaw (Howlin' Wolf Band) with Carl Weathersby, Little Freddie King

Sat · July 22, 2017

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm


Eddie Shaw - (Set time: 9:00 PM)
Eddie Shaw
Blues saxophonist extraordinaire Eddie Shaw was born on a Stringtown plantation on March 20, 1937. He learned music at school in Greenville and performed in various local bands before moving to Chicago to join the Muddy Waters band. Shaw served as bandleader for Howlin' Wolf for several years and launched his own busy touring career after Wolf's death in 1976. His hard-hitting horn work won him Instrumentalist of the Year honors in the 2006 and 2007 Blues Music Awards.
Eddie Shaw earned international acclaim as one of the few saxophonists to ever build an enduring career leading a blues band. The most well-known saxophonists have often been jazz musicians, and wild, honking sax players once ruled on the early post-World War II rhythm & blues scene, but in most blues and R&B bands, sax players have been sidemen. Neither is the saxophone commonly associated with the music of the Mississippi Delta; in fact, in blues jargon, the term "Mississippi saxophone" jokingly refers to harmonica (which Shaw learned to play as well). But many of the most prominent bluesmen to emerge from the Delta have employed either a saxophonist or an entire horn section in their bands, including B. B. King, Elmore James, Howlin' Wolf, Little Milton, Ike Turner, and, on many occasions, Muddy Waters.
Horn players in Mississippi tended to develop in larger towns, where there were organized music programs in school or after school, such as Greenville, Clarksdale, Jackson, Natchez, and Vicksburg. Shaw, who moved to Greenville after living in Stringtown and Rosedale, was one of many who learned under the tutelage of Greenville postman Winchester "Little Wynn" Davis, who also hired many of his pupils to play in his band at dances. Shaw first played trombone and clarinet in the Coleman High School band and began playing sax at dances and clubs with the Green Tops, a local band modeled after Vickburg’s famous Red Tops, and with Charlie Booker, Elmore James, Little Milton, Ike Turner, and others, often joined by his friend and fellow saxophonist Oliver Sain. While attending Mississippi Vocational College (now Mississippi Valley State University) in Itta Bena, Shaw sat in with Muddy Waters in 1957. At Muddy’s invitation, Shaw soon headed for Chicago, and after some return trips to Greenville, he finally settled in Chicago, where he worked with Muddy, Howlin’ Wolf, Magic Sam, Otis Rush, Freddie King, and others as a sideman when not leading groups of his own. He also operated various businesses, including a barbecue house, laundromat, and nightclubs on the West Side. The Wolf Gang, the band he put together for Howlin’ Wolf in the early 1970s, continued to work with Shaw after Wolf’s death.
Shaw, a prolific songwriter, recorded his first single in 1966 and numerous albums thereafter, in addition to accompanying Wolf, Magic Sam, and others on recording sessions. The titles of his first three albums, Have Blues, Will Travel; Movin’ and Groovin’ Man; and King of the Road, exemplified his tireless travels, which eventually took him to all fifty states and several foreign countries and earned him a widespread following and regular recognition in the annual Blues Music Awards. He made his film debut in the 2007 movie Honeydripper.
Little Freddie King
Little Freddie King
If you want the real blues - and I'm not talkin about some long-haired hippy beatin' on a National Resonator guitar or a mustachiod, Italian-suited slickster blowin' on a chromatic harmonica - baby, you'd better call Little Freddie King, Normally only seen once a month at BJ's Lounge located in the lowest bowels of the mighty Ninth Ward, where he shares floor space with a pool table and various carpet remnants, don't think for a second that his band won't be able to create the proper mood without their usual scrappy surroundings. The minute Freddie straps on his guitar and strikes up his gnarled chord and drummer "Wacko" Wade makes his presence known with a definative cymbal crash, this lean, mean, swampy aggregation of gut-bucket wild men transforms the poshest of venues into a back-of-town beer joint.

Born in McComb, Mississippi in 1940, Fread E. Martin grew up playing alongside his blues guitar-picking father (Jessie James Martin), then rode the rails to New Orleans during the early fifties where he crossed paths with itinerant South Louisiana blues man such as "Poka- Dot" Slim and "Boogie" Bill Webb whose unique country-cum-urban styles would influence his own. Honing his guitar chops at notorious joints like the Bucket of Blood (which he later immoralized in song), he jammed and gigged with Bo Diddley and John Lee Hooker, and also played bass for Freddy King during one of the guitarist's stints in New Orleans. People began comparing the two musicians' styles, hence Martin's nome-de-plume. While well-vested in a variety of styles, nowadays Little Freddie sounds a lot more like his cousin Lightin' Hopkins - albeit after a three day corn liquor bender! Nevertheless, the King sobriquet if fitting, as Freddie is undeniably the monarch of the Crescent City blues scene.

He recorded an electric blues album with Harmonica Williams in 1969. In 1976, King undertook a European tour alongside Bo Diddley and John Lee Hooker.[5] His next recording opportunity came some twenty seven years after his first in 1996, with the release of Swamp Boogie. King's Sing Sang Sung (2000) was recorded live at the Dream Palace in Faubourg Marigny.[1]

King played the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival for 32 consecutive years.[1] He is a member of the Music Maker Relief Foundation Inc.[6]
Venue Information:
305 E 5th Street
Austin, TX, 78701