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Biography

Renaissance Blues Man

Dick Waterman—the only person inducted into The Blues Hall of Fame who is not a musician or a record-company executive, and the only three-time recipient of the Blues Foundation’s coveted ‘Keeping the Blues Alive’ award—has worn many hats during his 50-year career in the blues business: folklorist, manager, agent, estate guardian, promoter, photographer, writer. Based in Oxford, Mississippi, Waterman has been active in the blues since the mid-1960s, when he helped rediscover Muddy Waters’ mentor, the great Delta blues singer Son House. With his own Avalon Productions, Waterman worked as manager and agent for such now legendary bluesmen such as Skip James, Bukka White, Mance Lipscomb, Arthur Crudup, “Mississippi” John Hurt, Buddy Guy, Junior Wells, Luther Allison, Magic Sam and Otis Rush. Waterman was Bonnie Raitt’s manager for almost two decades. He formerly served on the Executive Board of the Blues Foundation. An active photographer Waterman regularly works festivals across the country. His 2003 collection of his photographs and essays, Between Night and Day: The Last Unpublished Blues Archive, celebrates the rich heritage of the blues and its pioneers. In 2005 he published B.B. King Treasures. His photographs have been shown in galleries both in the U.S. and abroad.

Waterfront welcomes back Waterman for one of his fabulous blues photo presentations, July 4, on the FedEx Crossroads Stage.