Unfortunately, Howlin' Wolf passed away in 1976 and Muddy Waters died in 1983.
You obviously can't see the two perform anymore, but the next best thing comes Wednesday with The Fabulous Thunderbirds at the Holland Performing Arts Center Center.
The Grammy-nominated band will play songs from both artists at the concert, called “Blues at the Crossroads 2: Muddy & the Wolf.”
“It's wide open,” lead singer Kim Wilson told the Chicago Sun-Times. “Until we get going, we don't know how it's going to lock in. It's a lot of improvising, a lot of Chicago blues.”
Both Howlin' Wolf and Muddy Waters are credited with popularizing Chicago blues and are known for songs such as “Rolling Stone,” “Spoonful” and “Smokestack Lightning.”
Artists joining The Fabulous Thunderbirds for the tribute concert include James Cotton, Jody Williams, Bob Margolin and Tinsley Ellis.
It's expected to be a fitting send up as some of the guests, such as Williams and Cotton, actually played with both blues legends. Additionally, Muddy Waters once referred to Wilson as his favorite singer.
The Fabulous Thunderbirds has a lengthy career of its own. Formed in 1974, the band's songs “Tuff Enuff” and “Wrap It Up” were hits in the mid-'80s, and the group earned a Grammy nomination for its 2001 album, “Smokin' Joint.”
Wilson recently performed with Bonnie Raitt, Tracy Chapman, Jeff Beck and Gary Clark Jr. to pay tribute to Buddy Guy during the 2012 Kennedy Center Honors.
The Fabulous Thunderbirds's new album, “On The Verge,” will be released on March 19 and a U.S. tour will have them playing theaters and other venues all across the country.
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