March 11, 2018 meshach001

Church of Muddy Waters


The Church of Muddy Waters

Royale Giant Social Club Hosts An Interfaith Celebration Service  for Musicians & Artists

Join our group as we share songs from the great McKinley Morganfield (April 4, 1913 – April 30, 1983) better known as Muddy Waters.

About the Church of Muddy Waters

The Church of Muddy Waters is a group that meets annually to play, share and and enjoy the music and recordings of the great late McKinley Morganfield (better known as Muddy Waters).

The annual gathering is held on the first official Saturday in spring – in honor of Muddy Waters’ birthday.

Event Confirmation for the Royale Giant Social Club Saturday Blues Jam & Music Service

The Royale Giant Social Club is a new Meet-up group and music collective focused on early nineteenth century gospel, blues and soul music. This will be one of our first meet-ups as we establish a music group here in the Philadelphia region. The aim of the group’s activities will be to foster a sense of community and familiarity among a set of local musicians and blues music supporters.

In our first meeting, we will be gathering on Saturday March 24th at the Art Church of West Philadelphia.

Date: Saturday, March 24th, 2018


Event Timing & Agenda:

  • 10:30 Doors Open
  • 11:00 Group Introductions [Approx 30 mins.]
  • 11:30 Group Improvised Jam Session (Rhythms and Incantations) [Approx 1 Hour.]
    After a round of member introductions, we will have an open improvised jam session. We will play over the Muddy Waters songs in the playlist included below. We will have printed copies of the lyrics and chords available, but will still maintain an improvisational approach (in other words, the group reserves the right to ditch the paper and go off script if the mood is right).
  • 12:30 Wind Down (Meeting to adjourn by 1PM)


About the Location:

The Art Church of West Philadelphia
Address: 5219 Webster St, Philadelphia, PA 19143
Phone: (917) 250-1688

The Art Church of West Philadelphia is a community space that I thought would be an interesting environment to play in. I’m still considering other locations for a more semi-permanent home for the group’s bi-weekly meetings going forward and am open to suggestions.

The church is in a residential neighborhood so the only parking available is street parking, but finding a spot didn’t appear to be super challenging.


Public Transportation:
This part of West Philly is serviced by a light rail (or street car) line in addition to the regular SEPTA line. Below are the stops that are listed as being closest to the church, but I would check the SEPTA website for any relevant schedule information.

  • MFL Line – 52nd Street Station
  • Media/Elwyn Line – 49th Street Station of the
  • #34 Light Rail – Baltimore Av & Broomhall Street Stop

What to Bring: Acoustic Instrument of Choice

My preference is to limit these bi-weekly jam sessions to acoustic, percussive and wind or brass instruments only – no electric or amplified set-ups. The aim is to keep the focus on the human aspect of the jam as well as to minimize the set-up and breakdown time.

All types of non-electric instruments are welcome. We welcome a diversity of sound and tone.

What to Practice or Listen To:
We’ll have prints of the lyrics and chord progressions of the following songs. I’ve also included links to YouTube videos you can check out to hear Muddy’s original version (as well as some instructional videos – in case you want to try out the chord progressions). Also feel free to bring new songs that you want to share (Muddy or Non-Muddy).


  1. Got My Mojo Working
  2. I Feel Like Going Home
  3. Mannish Boy
  4. Hoochie Coochie Man (Big Loud Preacher Man)
  5. Catfish Blues (Rolling Stone)*
  6. Rollin & Tumblin
  7. I’m Ready

My apologies for the long message, but I wanted to make sure I covered all the bases. Please feel free to reach out with any questions.

Thanks again for your interest in jamming with us. I look forward to seeing you there.

Also check us out on social media at the links below. We have all sorts of cool videos and pictures to share!