Muddy Roots News
  • 08.25.17

    Remembering LC Ulmer at Muddy Roots

    LC Ulmer was a blues musician from another time. He had that old time sound you just don’t hear anymore. The youngest of 14 children on a plantation in Mississippi where folks like Jimmie Rodgers frequented. Wiki says Blind Roosevelt Graves was his earliest influence but I can remember him telling me old stories of having a guitar as a youngin and stories about his brothers. He did a whole lot of teachin’ himself. A voice and sound directly from that Southern ground.

    Ol’ LC was a hoot man. He had plenty of “old man wisdom” cracks like warning me about the dangers of eating black pepper. He had a beautiful heart and liked to share music. He’d charge you $6 an hour to learn how to play guitar. Good Lord man. $6 an hour to be taught by one of the original bluesman of the South? Pure gold. One time at the Muddy Roots Spring Weekender in Indiana a young teen boy took him up on that offer. His father drove him to the fest just to meet LC and he ended up with a porch blues lesson. Unreal. Kid’ll probably grow up to be a rock star.
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    He was a brother and one of our most revered Muddy Roots musicians. He is missed dearly. Luckily we got recordings of atleast one of his performances at the Muddy Roots Music Festival. We’d like to share that with you now.

    Photo by Moloich Photos.