11: Grady Champion
Style: Blues, R&B, soul
Influenced by: Sonny Boy Williamson, Slim Harpo
Find out more:www.gradychampion.com
Blues singer and harmonica player Grady Champion hails from Canton, Mississippi, the same town as blues legend Elmore James and slide guitarist Sonny Landreth.
Grady’s got the blues knitted into his DNA. Just check out the man and his band shimmying their way through Slim Harpo’s Baby Scratch My Back (see below). The band is so laid back they’re actually sitting down. They’re so ‘in the pocket,’ they could be covered in fluff... and old boiled sweets
This is music that gets the beer flowing and makes you glad you left the car at home. As much as we enjoy the Stevie Ray Vaughan-fuelled blues of the new breed of artists, Grady’s brand of downhome greasy goodness is the stuff that would keep us up way past our bedtime.
Listen: Grady Champion - Baby Scratch My Back (Slim Harpo cover, live at Natchez Manor, Natchez, MS)