Bob Margolin - North Carolina Folk Festival

The presentation of Bob Margolin was curated by the Piedmont Blues Presevation Society.

2021 NC Folk Festival Blues Performer, Bob Margolin
Guilford County, NC
Piedmont Blues

Bob Margolin

Boston native Bob Margolin was born in 1949, but now is a neighbor, living in Guilford County. Inspired by Chuck Berry, he started playing guitar at age 15 and immediately started performing in local rock and blues bands. Margolin was hired by Muddy Waters in 1973. Muddy’s band toured the world and jammed with many great blues and rock musicians, “but the biggest thrill was playing Muddy’s Blues with him.” Muddy brought Margolin with him to special shows and recordings, when he sometimes didn’t use his whole band, to give him a familiar sound when working with other musicians.


Standard bearers for the blues come in many forms, but no one has been more steadfast in promoting and performing the blues than Bob Margolin, the guitarist extraordinaire who spent seven years on the road with Muddy Waters and has playing the blues ever since. But Margolin’s far more than a musician. He is a songwriter with a deep social conscience, he’s an educator, author and label owner, too, who works tirelessly to to keep the blues alive by promoting up-and-coming talent for future generations