John Primer: "When I played with Muddy Waters, he set my amp tone up for me. I use the same settings he gave me back in the mid-'70s"

 John Primer performs on stage at the Bluesheaven Festival on November 12, 2021 in Fredrikshavn, Denmark.
(Image credit: Per Ole Hagen/Redferns)

Having played sideman to titans of the blues such as Junior Wells, Willie Dixon, Muddy Waters and Magic Slim, when it comes to the blues, you could say that John Primer has seen it all.

Now, at the age of 78, Primer himself is not only an elder statesman within the genre, but a pillar holding the blues up. Having played a part in dozens of records of late, it's Primer's ongoing solo career that has taken center stage, garnering the veteran bringer of soul long overdue recognition.

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Andrew Daly

Andrew Daly is an iced-coffee-addicted, oddball Telecaster-playing, alfredo pasta-loving journalist from Long Island, NY, who, in addition to being a contributing writer for Guitar World, scribes for Rock Candy, Bass Player, Total Guitar, and Classic Rock History. Andrew has interviewed favorites like Ace Frehley, Johnny Marr, Vito Bratta, Bruce Kulick, Joe Perry, Brad Whitford, Rich Robinson, and Paul Stanley, while his all-time favorite (rhythm player), Keith Richards, continues to elude him.