Saturday, April 18, 2015

M is for Muddy Waters & Militia Vox

Muddy Waters whose real name is McKinley Morganfield born on April 4, 1915 (although some say he was actually born in 1913 or 1914 and that he was born not in Rolling Fork, Mississippi but Jug' Corner, Mississippi). It is said that he came upon his nickname due to his love of playing in mud as a young boy, the name was given to him by his grandmother who he was raised by. Inspired by blues artist of the 20s and 30s like Blind Lemon Jefferson, Lonnie Johnson and Tampa Red, Waters began to perform at local parties in his teens. He bought his first guitar when he was 17 years old. He played with a local string band called  "The Son Simms Four" and he also went on to open his own juke joint where people came to enjoy music, drink , eat and gamble.
   Waters moved to Chicago, Illnois where he worked at a paper plant and drove a truck and at night played shows to try and make a name for himself. In 1947 The Chess Brothers began recording Waters' songs. It wasn't until his second single "I Can't Be Satisfied" and "(I Feel Like) Goin' Home" became hits and finally made Waters a stars of the Chicago blues scene. The 1950s were a great time for Waters; he continued having hit after hit, solidifying his place in history as one of the most influential blues artist of all time. Water's began to have health issues in 1982 and passed away on April 30, 1983, leaving behind a lasting legacy so bright that it lead to two streets; one in Chicago and in Westmont, Illnois were named in his honor, he had an honorary postage stamp, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987 and  his childhood home was commemorated in Clarksdale and his story was portrayed in the movie Cadillac Records (2008).


MilitiaVox is a solo artist based in New York City, and front woman of the all girl tribute band Judas Priestess- a nod to the metal band Judas Priest; she has also fronted many other bands and is known as the "Rock Goddess" of the AFROPUNK movement and has been likened to "The Queen of Metal" and "Dark Diva" has secured her place in becoming a pioneer in the genre of metal. Known most for her crazy vocals (it is said that she has a 4 octave range). She has worked with many well known artist like Dee Snider of Twisted Sister, Cyndi Lauper, Nancy Sinatra and Living Colour and the Black Rock Coalition to name a few. Coining the phrase "Disgrace Your Stereotype" Militia did just that with all that she has accomplished.
   She was featured in the book "What Are You Doing Here? Black Women in Metal, Hardcore and Punk" by Laina Dawes. She has organized countless shows that celebrates her love of metal music. Her single "Heavyhead" was included in the Black Rock Coalition's digital compilation album titled "Rock 'n' Roll Reparations, Vol # 2" of which she is a member. Her first album project was released in 2014 that gained her much acclaim and according to her official website: her second album titled "The Villainess" is supposed to be released later in 2015 and  Judas Priestess has music available for download on CdBaby and  iTunes, as well as other digital stores. Militia has appeared in numerous alternative beauty publications and stars in an alternative beauty blog webisode titled "Militious Makeup" which can be viewed on You Tube. To learn more and to stay up to date with news on Militia Vox visit the sites below (I know I will be!!!).


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