Calgary Midwinter Bluesfest (2017)
Blues Hall of Famer and Blues Music Award Winner
Eddie Shaw is one of the reigning "kings" of Chicago Blues. Shaw has played with blues greats Elmore James, Muddy Waters, Otis Rush, Jimmie Reed, Magic Sam, Lil Milton, Ike Turner, Freddie King, Willie Dixon, Hound Dog Taylor and more. He's widely known for the time he spent with Chester Burnett, known the world over as Howlin' Wolf. After Howlin' Wolf's death in 1976, Eddie continued in the tradition set before him and formed his own band, Eddie Shaw And The Wolfgang.
Like many before him, his migration from Greenville, Mississippi to Chicago serves as a testament to his musical roots, and his ability as a singer, songwriter, producer, instrumentalist and bandleader.
Having performed with some of the greatest blues musicians that have ever lived, he is part of a generation of musicians that have
helped to define and shape the "Chicago sound." His hard honking, blues busting saxophone work can be found on some of the most prolific blues recordings to date.
At the tender age of 79, (he'll celebrate his 80th on March 20th) he's still a force to be reckoned with.
Among his many accolades, Eddie netted the coveted 2013 Blues Music Award for best Instrumentalist/Horn for an amazing 4th time, and the 2013 Living Blues Award for the same.
In 1972 Shaw joined Howlin' Wolf as leader of the legend's band, the Wolf Gang, and writing half the songs on The Back Door Wolf (1973). After the Wolf's death in 1976, he took over the band and its residency at the 1815 Club, renamed Eddie's Place. Shaw led the gang on Living Chicago Blues Vol. 1 and Have Blues Will Travel (1980), and recorded albums for Isabel Records, Rooster Blues, and Wolf Records.
By the late 1970s, Shaw's own recording career started, with an appearance on Alligator Record's Living Chicago Blues Anthologies (1978), his own LPs for the Evidence and the Rooster Blues labels, and more recent discs for Rooster Blues label, as well as In the Land of the Crossroads and Wolf, on the Home Alone label.
Shaw's many contributions to the Blues include arranging tracks for the iconic London Howlin' Wolf Sessions (which featured Eric Clapton, Bill Wyman, Ringo Starr and others), playing on the Black Magic album with Magic Sam, and arranging Muddy Water's Grammy nominated Unk & Funk.
In 2012, Eddie released his Eddie Shaw And The 757 Allstars Still Riding High, an album that recapped his illustrious career as blues man extraordinaire, and gained a nomination for "Best Traditional Blues Album" for the 2013 Blues Blast Awards. Eddie was again nominated for Best Instrumentalist/Horn at the 2014 Blues Music Awards.
AWARDS & NOMINATIONS
2014 Blues Music Award (nomination) for Best Instrumentalist/Horn
2013 Blues Blast Lifetime Achievement Award
2013 Blues Music Award for Best Instrumentalist/Horn
2011 Mississippi Trail Marker presented by the State of Mississippi
2011 Living Blues Critics Award for Most Outstanding Blues Musician/Horn
2006 Blues Music Award Winner for Instrumentalist - Horn
1999 - 2005 W.C.Handy Award Nominee
1996 Living Blues Critics Award for Most Outstanding Blues Musician/Horn
1996 Winner of the Howling Wolf Award