When I was a mere boy I listened to a lot more Muddy Waters than Howlin’ Wolf, more by circumstance than design I think. I saved up and bought the Muddy Waters Chess box, but never got to the Wolf’s until later. So, when I first heard Lucinda William’s eponymous third album, her cover of I Asked for Water (He Gave Me Gasoline) was a revelation. This is a smashing version.
It’s a smashing version even after you listen to Wolf’s version, which is heavier and darker and even more mournful. I could listen to it all day long.
Oh yeah…the church bell tonin’, the hearse come drivin’ slow.