“You released a Muddy Waters tribute album with his son. Was there any trepidation in trying to tackle these classic tunes?”
Kim: Well, the hard part was just winging it and not knocking off the original parts. And that’s what we did, especially me. Mud, he’s kind of had to sing like his dad, but he still used his own phrasing. He doesn’t really sound that much like his dad.
But the traditional music, just like jazz is, it’s always improvised. Always. So if you’re doing anything else but improvising, there’s no sense in making a record like that. Cause everybody’s gonna go, “I want to hear the original. I don’t want to hear a guy try and knock off the original.” All of the original tracks were totally improvised anyway. And if they came up with a little rhythm hit that made the song … that happened to a lot of development. They might do 20, 30, 40, 50 takes of one song … back in the old days. I played with a lot of the old guys. They all told me the same thing. They just did it until they got it. And consequently you get a lot of great box sets with all of these great outtakes on it. It’s beautiful.