Discumentary: Muddy Waters "Hard Again"
When Ray Charles set out to record an album of country songs, his record label though he was crazy. Charles proved them all wrong when "Modern Sounds in Country & Western Music", became a hit. It gave Charles the crossover success he needed, eventually making him a household name.
The Blues legend's 1977 "comeback" album teamed him up with many Blues greats like James Cotton, Willie "Big Eyes" Smith and Pinetop Perkins. Produced by Johnny Winter, and winner of a Grammy Award, "Hard Again" captures 63 year-old Muddy Waters and his band in a raw, firey performance.
Throughout her career Angelique Kidjo has combined modern music styles with traditional African music. On Black Ivory Soul, Kidjo adds the sounds of Brazil. Some Brazilian artists perform on the album, including guitarist Vinicius Canturia.
This album was released in October of 1972 during what is considered Stevie Wonder's "classic period" and garnered the artist 3 Grammy Awards.