There are still Blues players around today who learned their craft at directly from the Chicago Legends. When Muddy Waters took on a young guitar player in 1973, he gave ‘Steady Rollin’ Bob’ Margolin a masterclass in fronting a touring and recording band that has served him well for decades, and will hopefully continue for years to come.
Young Bob shares guitar duties with Hollywood Fats at one of his first gigs with Muddy.
In 1980, having picked up the nick-name ‘Steady Rollin’ Bob’, he formed his own band and started pounding the highways playing the club and Festival circuit. Two albums on the Powerhouse label were followed in 1993 by his debut on the Alligator label, ‘Down the Alley’. Bob’s three Alligator albums established him as a major talent, with authentic Blues guitar and intelligent songwriting, although perhaps his vocals lack the grit of some Chicago veterans. He appeared with Jerry Portnoy on John Brim‘s 1994 album ‘Ice Cream Man’, and later Bob rounded up some of Muddy’s old side-men, Pinetop Perkins, Carey Bell and Willie ‘Big-Eyes’ Smith to record the ‘All-Stars Blues Jam’. Bob also released ‘In North Carolina’ on his own label in 2006, where he overdubbed himself to sound like a band, and explored many styles from Jump-Blues to ‘talking Blues’, reworking material ranging from Tampa Red to Bob Dylan.
Bob and his Italian friends having fun in Vienna;
Bob toured Europe in 2011 with Italian Bluesman Mike Sponza’s band, and they recorded the studio album, ‘Blues Around the World’. Another collaboration ‘Not Alone’, with singer and pianist Ann Rabson is an album of acoustic duets, and it was nominated for a Blues Music Award in 2013, as Bob continues to explore the modern Blues scene.