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Eddie C.Campbell

"The King Of The Jungle"

A ne pas manquer. Eddie C.Campbell est l’un des derniers survivants de l’âge d’or du Chicago Blues. Sa mère lui présente Muddy Waters alors qu’il n’a que 8 ans. Celui-ci lui promet de le faire monter sur scène dès qu’il en a aura la capacité. A 12 ans, c’est chose faite. Il joue alors avec Luther Allison, Pee Wee Madison , se lie d’amitié avec Magic Sam puis monte son propre groupe avec lequel il accompagne Lowell Fulson, Percy Mayfield, Little Johnny Taylor, Tyrone Davis...
Dans les années 60, il devient directeur musical de Jimmy Reed et l’accompagnera jusqu’à la fin. Dans les années 70 il accompagne Koko Taylor avant de rejoindre le Chicago All Stars de Willie Dixon! Il a depuis enregistré de nombreux albums sous son nom.
Eddie est un digne représentant et créateur de ce courant créé dans les années 50 que l’on nommera plus tard le «West Side Sound» , et dont la majorité des architectes nous ont aujourd’hui quittés. Chanteur habité, il joue ses propres compositions dans un registre allant du Blues au Funk en passant par du Rock’n’Roll et du Disco.
Son dernier album « Spider Eating Preacher » est paru chez Delmark en février 2012

Eddie C.Campbell invité à l'émission "l'épopée des Musiques Noires" de Joe Farmer sur Radio France International (cliquer pour écouter)

Armand Meignan directeur des rendez vous de l’erdre : Ouest France

Discographie d'Eddie Campbell

1977 King of the Jungle Eddie C. Campbell Guitar, Vocals
1984 Let's Pick It Eddie C. Campbell Guitar, Vocals
1984 Think Twice Before You Speak Lowell Fulson Guitar
1985 Baddest Cat on the Block Eddie C. Campbell Guitar, Vocals
1988 Mind Trouble Eddie C. Campbell Guitar, Vocals
1994 That's When I Know Eddie C. Campbell Guitar, Harmonica, Guitar, Vocals, Producer
1995 Blind Pig Sampler: Prime Chops, Vol. 3 Various Artists Performer
1995 This Is Blues, Vol. 1 Various Artists Guitar
1997 Blind Pig Records: 20th Anniversary Collection Various Artists Performer
1997 Chicago Blues [JSP] Various Artists Performer
1997 Hopes and Dreams Eddie C. Campbell Guitar (Acoustic), Bass, Harmonica, Guitar, Vocals, Producer
1997 House of Blues: Essential Chicago Blues Various Artists Performer
1997 Texas Blues [JSP 2 Disc] Various Artists Guitar
1998 Blues Guitar Masters [Easydisc] Various Artists Guitar
1998 From West Helena to Chicago Various Artists Guitar (Acoustic), Vocals, Performer
1998 Jingle Blues Various Artists Performer
1998 Who's Been Talking Lil Ed Williams & Willie Kent Guitar, Guitar (Rhythm)
1999 Earwig 20th Anniversary Collection Various Artists Guitar, Guitar (Rhythm)
1999 Gonna Be Alright Eddie C. Campbell Guitar, Vocals
1999 Live in Chicago Luther Allison Guitar
2001 Blues Chicago Style: Chicago Blues Away from Home Various Artists Performer
2003 20th Century Masters - The Christmas Collection: Blue Various Artists Guitar, Vocals
2004 Think Twice Before You Speak [SACD] Lowell Fulson Guitar
2009 Tear This World Up - Delmark
2012 Spider Eating Preacher - Delmark

Eddie C.Campbell

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"Chicago blues singer and guitarist Eddie C. Campbell claims a West Side sound as his own. Though in conversation, he'll say this area also gave the world Jimmy Reed and Albert King, he doesn't need to add that, at 70, he's not just one of the neighborhood's inheritors, but also one of its few survivors. Campbell's hometown is finally catching on to his significance . . .When Campbell, Magic Sam and Otis Rush were coming up in the 50s and 60s, their generation was old enough to have caught the last of the original blues artists but young enough to be influenced by R&B. Between the modernized influences and the local geography, this is what came to be known as West Side soul. That sound is all over the new CD." - Down Beat

 "Storyteller. Poet. Philosopher. Humorist. No bluesman since Sonny Boy Williamson II has inhabited ail these roles as fully and consistently as Eddie C. Campbell. His history includes stints on the bandstand with Howlin' Wolf, James Brown, Koko Taylor, and Willie Dixon. His deep friendship with Magic Sam is manifest in the unadulterated blues and funk Campbell continues to perform 40 years after Sam's untimely passing. And Campbell's full-bodied vocals and brilliant Fender jazz master tones, awash in reverb, make him the bearer of an unmistakable signature sound. So his first US release in nearly a decade is a major event. "Tear This World Up" delivers on all these expectations." - Blues Revue

"Campbell's sound is characterized by deep-pocket shuffles, sparse but emotionally powerful leads, and an impish sense of humor that manifests itself both is his fretboard work and his Iyrics ... Eddie C. Campbell sounds as if he is still at the top of his game; let's hope this disc can represent a resurrection of his career as a performer, as well as a recording artist." - Living Blues

"It's been a few years since Eddie C. Campbell, one of the few remaining masters of the West Side Chicago blues style, has had a new recording out. Not that he hasn't merited it, but his understated guitar and laid-back witty vocals lack the immediate appeal to those more rock-oriented listeners of the blues. His latest album "Tear This World Up," on Delmark, will be welcome to those of us that have been fans of his for decades, as well as those that want the real deal blues." - Jazz & Blues

 "Eddie C. Campbell might have been born in Mississippi, but it's his mastery of Chicago blues, and more particularly the west side variant of the form, that he's known for. He's a guitar slinger of the first order too, one of the few who can still get sufficient life out of the blues form, as opposed to resorting to overplaying and histrionics for spurious effect. He was also Magic Sam's best friend, but that wouldn't amount to much if it wasn't for the fact that he mines the seam with a similar depth of feeling as his sadly departed colleague ... In solo he veritably stings, making for one of those indefinable thrills." - All About Jazz