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Out of the Blue - Life on the Road with Muddy Waters

Out of the Blue

Life on the Road with Muddy Waters

By Brian Bisesi
Foreword by Bob Margolin
Series: American Made Music Series

Hardcover : 9781496849120, 192 pages, 46 b&w illustrations, March 2024
Paperback : 9781496849847, 192 pages, 46 b&w illustrations, March 2024
Expected to ship: 2024-03-15
Expected to ship: 2024-03-15

Table of contents


Part One
Chapter 1: Night Flight
Chapter 2: Right Place
Chapter 3: Right Sound
Chapter 4: Reality Check
Chapter 5: Motherfucker
Chapter 6: Ribs à la Muddy
Chapter 7: Country Miles
Chapter 8: Guitar Junior Returns
Chapter 9: Break It to Him Gently
Chapter 10: Control Freak
Chapter 11: Love in a Model T
Chapter 12: Elton Who?

Part Two
Chapter 13: A Big Brit
Chapter 14: All Aboard! (Except Us)
Chapter 15: Big Picks
Chapter 16: Big Head
Chapter 17: Duane’s Les Paul
Chapter 18: Muddy’s Pipe
Chapter 19: A Toast to All That
Chapter 20: Little Man, Huge Voice
Chapter 21: Rehashing an Old Lyric
Chapter 22: A Face in the Window
Chapter 23: The Rolls-Royce of Interviews
Chapter 24: Another Stone Rolls By
Chapter 25: Why Stop Now?
Chapter 26: No Offense, George
Chapter 27: Incidental Expenses
Chapter 28: Take It or Leave It
Chapter 29: Sweet Dreams
Chapter 30: Like Riding a Bicycle
Chapter 31: RRRiiiiipppp
Chapter 32: Definitely a Tripp
Chapter 33: Eric, Meet Johnny
Chapter 34: A Night on the Town
Chapter 35: For the Byrds

Part Three
Chapter 36: Bumped for Johnny
Chapter 37: Sabotage?
Chapter 38: Koi and Cow Tongue
Chapter 39: Bursting Bladder
Chapter 40: Something Weird
Chapter 41: Independent Contractors
Chapter 42: Rest in Peace
Chapter 43: Aftermath

A behind-the-scenes account from Muddy Waters’s road manager and right-hand man during the bluesman's last great years


Out of the Blue: Life on the Road with Muddy Waters begins with a moment lifted from a young musician’s dreams. Brian Bisesi, a guitarist barely out of his teens, is invited on stage to fill in for a missing member of the band backing blues legend Muddy Waters. This life-changing quirk of fate opens the door into a world of challenges and opportunities that Bisesi, an Italian American reared in the comforts of a New York City suburb, can barely imagine. Despite their differences, Bisesi and Waters hit it off, and what might have been a one-night stand turns into a career. From 1978–1980, Bisesi works for Waters as his road manager, bean-counter, and at times his confidant, while often sitting in with the band.

Bisesi’s years with the band take him to Europe, Japan, Canada, and across the United States as Waters tours—and parties—with rock gods like Eric Clapton, the Rolling Stones, a Beatle, and the gamut of musicians who came of age with Waters and introduced a younger generation to the blues. In Out of the Blue, Bisesi captures it all: from the pranks and tensions among bluesmen enduring a hard life on the road, to observations about Waters’s technique, his love of champagne and reefer, his eye for women, and his sometimes-acrid views of contemporary music. Bisesi has sharp insights into the ill-conceived management decisions that led to the dissolution of Waters’s longest-serving band in June of 1980. This book will rivet, amuse, and occasionally infuriate blues aficionados. It is a raucous and intimate portrait of the blues scene at a pivotal moment in time that fascinates music historians and blues fans alike.