_ELA logo_ Why "Electric Earl"? _ELA logo_

In 1968, blues musician Muddy Waters recorded an album with a rock band, and the record company called the album Electric Mud. While living in Baton Rouge in 1983, I put an electric pickup on my folk guitar so I could open for New Wave bands, and I put "Introducing Electric Earl..." along with my full name on posters for the show. And, simply by accident, a few people (including local musician Harry Dog) started calling me Electric Earl. That seemed like a good stage name, so I've billed myself that way ever since.

Oddly enough, I have never heard the Electric Mud album. I just remember seeing it in stores and reading the reviews.

If you 'd like to learn more about Electric Mud, there's an interesting Wikipedia article about the album.

Muddy Waters 'Electric Mud' album cover (1968)


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