In 1977, Muddy Waters released his triumphant comeback album, Hard Again. The first collaboration between Muddy Waters and Johnny Winter, the album revitalized modern blues, introducing Muddy to a new generation and featuring a band of celebrated players that has yet to be duplicated. In support of this Grammy-winning album, a concert tour was launched in March of 1977 and featured the same illustrious line-up that recorded Hard Again: Muddy, Johnny, James Cotton, Pinetop Perkins, Bob Margolin, Willie “Big Eyes” Smith and Charles Calmese. The tour would become the stuff of legend. The never-before-heard Breakin’ It Up, Breakin’ It Down captures this historic tour at the height of its intensity and features some of the greatest live material ever recorded from Muddy Waters’ legendary career.
Updates: In addition to the new release, click here for information on upcoming shows and tickets. Johnny just wrapped up a series of dates in Europe and is now gearing up for a run to North Carolina next weekend. Once that’s done, Johnny will have three more shows left during the month of May: Asheville, North Carolina (May 25); Knoxville, Tennessee (May 26); and Cape Carteret, North Carolina (May 27).
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