Soup Kitchen Feb. 2, 1999
Our own slice of Blues Heaven in Detroit sadly now just a memory.
Willie D. might of came from Mississippi Delta country but ended up moving to Detroit in the early 1970s and we were lucky to have him. This man’s journey started in the 40s teaching his band’s singer Guitar Slim to play guitar. From his birth town of Arkansas to Chi town, this self-taught guitarist and bassist played among the best. His career concluded with Detroit’s Jim McCarty & Mystery Train as his backing band.
Jim McCarty in his own right had his beginnings right here with Mitch Ryder as a Detroit Wheel, then on to Cactus, Buddy Miles, The Rockets, Detroit Blues Band.
Also recorded with Jimi Hendrix & Bob Segar.
And one can not say enough about The Soup Kitchen. Here from 1883 to 1999, shut down because of a riverfront casino that never happened. A crying damn shame. It was home to John Lee Hooker and every other blues player in and out of Detroit.
Hootchie Coochie Man
Written by Willie Dixon
Willie D. Warren – guitar, lead vocal
Jim McCarty – guitar
Rick Stel – bass
Kenny Welk – harp
Will Leonard – drums