EDDIE SHAW and the WOLFGANG
Eddie Shaw is a legendary tenor, alto sax and harmonica man who came to prominence as Howlin' Wolf's personal manager. Eddie, a talented singer, songwriter and band leader, is one of the most respected blues musicians alive today.
Originally from Benoit, MS, Eddie now lives on Chicago's South Side. Since Howlin' Wolf's death in 1976, Eddie kept the Wolf Gang name for his band as a tribute to the blues legend. A composer and arranger, Eddie worked the Delmark studios in the 60's managing weekly sessions for the label with fellow studio fixture Jimmy Dawkins. In the '90s he recorded for European and Japanese labels as well as for Rooster Blues in Clarksdale, Mississippi, which released Land of the Crossroads.
"On Land of the Crossroads I did mostly Mississippi bayou type blues because I stayed down in that part of the country," Shaw says. "Well, times change too. You go in with more modern equipment and you go with more up-to-date ideas. . . . Every time you do a new album, you're looking for better quality, you're looking for better compositions, you know, to upgrade everything. You want everything better than it was the year before, so hopefully that's the case now."
Eddie has won many awards over the years including most recently 2006 & 2007 Blues Music Award for Best Instrumentalist, LIVING BLUES 1996 Critics Award for Most Outstanding Blues Musician (horn), 1996 Winner of the Howling Wolf Award presented at the Chicago Blues Festival as well as many WC Handy nominations.
His touring band members include Eddie Vaan Shaw Jr, Eddie's son, and one of the best guitar players in the business, Lafayette "Shorty" Gilbert, Eddie's bassplayer for over 20 yrs and Tim Taylor on drums, son of the late Eddie Taylor.
Show time is 9PM and cover is $10 at the door.