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Ben Blue Waters

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Footstomping slide guitar blues, playing old blues classics, and also a few of my own songs. I have my own PA if needed.
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I am an acoustic slide guitarist, playing blues classics by Howling Wolf, Son House, John Lee Hooker and many more, and also a few of my own songs. I have been a gigging musician since the late 1970's, and play regularly around Yorkshire, Lancashire and beyond, with many repeat bookings. I have my own PA system if needed.

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I have a car I can use to travel to gigs
I require car parking close to venues
I own a PA system
Encore awards
4th Encoreversary
1920s era music, 1930s era music, 1940s era music, 1950s era music, 1960s era music, 1970s era music, Blues, Acoustic
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Event types:
Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Birthday party
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Song list

Hoochie Coochie Man - Muddy Waters - Willie Dixon
Death Letter - Son House - Son House
Little Red Rooster - Howling Wolf - Willie Dixon
Sun Goin' Down - Son House - Son House
Pony Blues - Son House - Son House
I Ain't Superstitous - Howling Wolf - Chester Burnett
When It Blows It's Stacks - Captain Beefheart - Don Van Vliet
Ain't No Santa Claus - Captain Beefheart - Don Van Vliet
I Walk Alone - Benjamin Horrendous -Ben Waters
Preaching The Blues - Son House - Son House
Yonder Comes My Mother - Son House - Son House
Boogie Chillun - John Lee Hooker - John Lee Hooker
Back Door Man - Howling Wolf - Willie Dixon
Right Now - Isley Bros - E Jasper
Willie n' The Hand Jive - Johnny Otis - Johnny Otis
No Place To Go - Howling Wolf - Chester Burnett
Lonesome Blues - Son House - Son House
No Expectations - Rolling Stones - Jagger/Richards
Taildragger - Howling Wolf - Willie Dixon
Rollin' and Tumblin' - Muddy Waters - Muddy Waters
Old Black Snake - John Lee Hooker - John Lee Hooker
Dust My Broom - Robert Johnson - Robert Johnson
Wanna Go Home on The Mornin Train - Son House - Son House
Hobo Blues - John Lee Hooker - John Lee Hooker
Grow Fins - Captain Beefheart - Don Van Vliet
Love In Vain - Robert Johnson - Robert Johnson
John The Revealator - Son House - Traditional
Hey Little Girl - Professor Longhair - Roy Byrd
County Farm Blues - Son House - Son House
A Little Bit More - Benjamin Horrendous - Ben Waters
Thinking Blues - Bessie Smith - Bessie Smith
On The Road Again - Canned Heat - Floyd/Wilson
Born Under a Bad Sign - Albert King - Bell/Booker
Prodigal Son - Rev. Robert Wilkins - Rev. Robert Wilkins
Rolling Stone - Robert Wilkins - Robert Wilkins
That Doggone Dog - Benjamin Horrendous - Ben Waters
How Can a Poor Man Stand Such Times and Live? - Blind Alfred Reed - Alfred Reed
Big Boss Man - Jimmy Reed - Al Dixon/A Smith
Send Me to the 'Lectric Chair - Bessie Smith - George Brooks
Going Down Slow - St Louis Jimmy - Jimmy Oden
Depot Blues - Son House - Son House
Cancer Blues - Ben Blue Waters - Ben Waters
My Daddy Was a Jockey - John Lee Hooker - John Lee Hooker
Sure Nuff n Yes I Do - Captain Beefheart - Don Van Vliet
I'll Get Back to You - Ben Blue Waters - Ben Waters
I Can't Be Satisfied - Muddy Waters - Muddy Waters
Hey Porter - Johnny Cash - Johnny Cash
Good Morning Mr Railroad Man - Trad - Trad
Mean Old Highway - Sonny Boy Williamson #1 - John Lee Williamson
Grinning in Your Face - Son House - Son House
Don't Let Nobody Turn You Round - Robert Wilkins - Robert Wilkins
You'll Never Know - Ben Blue Waters - Ben Waters
Ah Feel Like Ahcid - Captain Beefheart - Don van Vliet
The Voodoo Queen - Benjamin Horrendous - Ben Waters
I Turned You On - Isley Bros - Isley Bros
Muddy Water - Bessie Smith - Richman/DeRose/Trent
Everybody Else is Upside Down - Ben Blue Waters - Ben Waters
Change My Way - Howling Wolf - Chester Burnett
Wang Dang Doodle - Howling Wolf - Willie Dixon
Standing at My Window - Arthur Crudup - Arthur Crudup
Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

The way I get the crowd going

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

hundreds of venues over the years from pubs and clubs to festivals and cocert halls

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Son House Howling Wolf John Lee Hooker Robert Johnson Muddy Waters and many more

What is the most high profile gig you've performed?

Probably supporting John Verity Band at Bingley Arts Centre

What if my timings change after I've booked you?

Shouldn't be a problem. I'm adaptable, but please let me know asap if the agreed timings need to be changed.

Can you provide an iPod/DJ service before and between your sets?

I can play music over the PA between sets

How much time do you need to set up?

45 mins

Can I pick the pieces you play from the set list?


Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Yes I have full PA, and combo amp for smaller rooms, just need a mains socket to plug into

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

Sorry I can'i offer this option


Note: prices may vary based on travel distance. For an exact quote, click “Check availability”.

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)£100
Up to 1 hour£165
Up to 2 hours£165
Up to 3 hours£190


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Fran M, 2 years ago

I have seen Ben Blue Waters perform at a variety of different gigs around Yorkshire and have always thoroughly enjoyed watching him. He is a brilliant performer and is consistently professional, charming and warm, with a fantastic voice. In addition to this he is a very skilled guitarist! The way he performs is also distinctive - I was once unaware that he was playing at a venue I was passing but just hearing a muffled version of him through the wall was enough for me to recognise him! I of course immediately went inside to enjoy his performance. Ben rightly receives so much appreciation from his audiences - I would highly recommend booking him, especially for audiences who love the blues!

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Paul J, 2 years ago

It was great to welcome Ben back to Mill Hey. His foot stomping blues were certainly a favourite with the crowd. Thank you Ben and hope to see you back at Mill Hey again in the future.

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From other musicians:

24th December 2016

I've performed with Ben several times and am always impressed with his abilities and knowledge of the Blues.