Magazine article Guitar Player

Steady Rollin' Bob Margolin

Magazine article Guitar Player

Steady Rollin' Bob Margolin

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BOB MARGOLIN IS BEST KNOWN FOR HIS seven-year stint as Muddy Waters' right-hand man. Highlights of his tenure include 1975's Woodstock Album, appearing with Waters in the Band's The Last Waltz film in 1976, and playing on the four Johnny Winter-produced Waters albums recorded between 1978 and 1981.

The Waters band split up in 1980-about the same time Margolin was christened "Steady Rollin'" by a DJ, and began plying the East Coast blues circuit with his own band. He recorded five solo albums beginning with 1993's Down in the Alley, and, in 2005, Margolin was honored with a W.C. Handy Award for Best Guitarist. For his new CD, In North Carolina [Steady Rollin' Records], the veteran bluesman played all of the instruments, and also engineered and produced the disc in his country home.

What's your current gear setup?

A Gibson Les Paul goldtop reissue, a '56 Fender Stratocaster, a Fender "No-Caster" #0590, a '58 Gibson ES-150, a National Resophonic steel, and a late '30s Gibson L-00. The electrics are strung with GHS Super Steels--gauged .012, .016, .020, .032, .044, .056--and I play with Golden Gate thumbpicks. My amps are a Victoria Regal and a vintage Gibson Skylark.

Do you feel you have evolved as a guitar player?

Sometimes, when I listen to what I played with Muddy 35 years ago, I think I would play the exact same thing today. And that makes me wonder. On the other hand, I've been trying to get closer to the heart of the music over the years, and In North Carolina probably features my instrumental skills more than any of my other albums. …

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