PINETOP PERKINS
 


Joe Willie Perkins, better known as Pinteop Perkins began his blues existence primarily as a guitarist, but a mid-'40s encounter with an outraged chorus girl toting a knife at a Helena, AR, nightspot left him with severed tendons in his left arm. That dashed his guitar aspirations, but Pinetop came back strong from the injury, concentrating solely on piano from that point on. It was in 1969 when Muddy Waters took him on to replace Otis Spann that Perkins’ rolling mastery of the ivories began to assume outsized proportions. He spent ten years with Muddy Waters and then formed the Legendary Blues Band. He has recorded records for Antone’s, Omega, Deluge, Earwig and several other labels ensuring that his boogie legacy won’t be forgotten in the decades to come.

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