Big George Brock
Born: May 16, 1932, Grenada, Mississippi
Photo credit: Francoise Digel – firstname.lastname@example.org
Big George spent his teenage years near Clarksdale, Mississippi, before settling in St. Louis, Missouri, in the 1950s. While living in the Clarkdale area, he did back-breaking fieldwork, boxed on weekends, and played the blues. Today, he still has relatives in the Clarksdale area. During his career, Big George has played shows with blues legends like Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Jimmy Reed and many others. In August 2005, he took part in Mississippi Public Broadcasting’s Native Sons concert film project. In October, Steven Seagal tapped Brock to blow harp on the actor-musician’s all-star blues album, Mojo Priest. In November, the Blues Foundation announced Brock’s “Comeback of the Year” Blues Music Award nomination — a designation soon followed by several “year-end” top CD lists and even a Living Blues Award nomination. By January 2006, Brock’s own story in words and music had been captured on film by director Damien Blaylock and, on May 8, 2006, was released nationally on the DVD “Hard Times”.