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Bob Margolin
Margolin at the 1996 Riverwalk Blues Festival
Margolin at the 1996 Riverwalk Blues Festival
Background information
Also known as"Steady Rollin"
Born (1949-05-09) May 9, 1949 (age 74)
Brookline, Massachusetts United States
Genres Rock and roll
Electric blues [1]
Occupation(s) Musician, guitarist
Instrument(s) Vocals, guitar
Years active1964-present
Labels Alligator Records, Blind Pig, Telarc, Steady Rollin' Records, VizzTone Label Group
Spouse(s)Sherry Margolin

Bob Margolin (born May 9, 1949) [2] is an American electric blues guitarist. [1] His nickname is Steady Rollin'.


Margolin started playing guitar in 1964, and his first appearance on record was with Boston psychedelic band The Freeborne, and their 1967 album Peak Impressions.

Margolin was a backing musician for Muddy Waters from 1973 to 1980, performing with Waters and The Band in The Last Waltz. As a solo recording artist, he has recorded albums for Alligator Records, Blind Pig, Telarc and his own Steady Rollin' record label. In 1977 he appeared on Johnny Winter's album Nothin' But The Blues along with Muddy Waters, Pinetop Perkins, James Cotton, and others. In 1978, he made a guest appearance on Big Joe Duskin's debut album, Cincinnati Stomp, on Arhoolie Records.

In 1979, he made a guest appearance, along with Pinetop Perkins, on The Nighthawks album, Jacks & Kings. [3]

In 1994, he appeared with Jerry Portnoy as guest musicians on the album, Ice Cream Man by John Brim. [4] It received a Blues Music Award (formerly W. C. Handy Award) nomination as the best 'Traditional Blues Album of the Year'. [5]

Margolin is a columnist for the Blues Revue magazine.

In 2013, Margolin was nominated for a Blues Music Award in the 'Traditional Blues Male Artist' category. His joint album with Ann Rabson, Not Alone was also nominated in the 'Acoustic Album' category. [6]

In 2020, Margolin was presented with a Blues Music Award for 'Acoustic Album of the Year' for This Guitar and Tonight. [7]

Bob Margolin is the Musical Director for The Pinetop Perkins Workshop Experience - an annual blues music educational workshop held in Clarksdale, Mississippi, organized by The Pinetop Perkins Foundation. Professional blues musicians from all over the world teach youths the blues music tradition and instrumentation: guitar, drums, bass, harmonica, piano, and voice. The Pinetop Perkins Foundation, a non-profit organization provides financial assistance to elder blues musicians in the twilight of their careers.



  • The Old School (1989)
  • Chicago Blues (1991)
  • Down in the Alley (1993)
  • My Blues & My Guitar (1995)
  • Up & In (1997)
  • Hold Me To It (1999)
  • All-Star Blues Jam (2003) with Carey Bell, Mookie Brill, Jimmy D. Lane, Pinetop Perkins, Willie "Big Eyes" Smith, Hubert Sumlin
  • In North Carolina (2007)
  • My Road (2016)
  • Bob Margolin (2018)
  • This Guitar and Tonight (2019)
  • Star of Stage and Screens (2020)
  • So Far (2022) Bob Margolin & Bob Corritore Feat. Jimmy Vivino

With Muddy Waters

With Johnny Winter


  1. ^ a b Du Noyer, Paul (2003). The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Music (1st ed.). Fulham, London: Flame Tree Publishing. p. 181. ISBN  1-904041-96-5.
  2. ^ Richard Skelly. "Bob Margolin - Biography - AllMusic". Allmusic. Retrieved 21 October 2014.
  3. ^ Russell, Tony (1997). The Blues: From Robert Johnson to Robert Cray. Dubai: Carlton Books Limited. p. 150. ISBN  1-85868-255-X.
  4. ^ Russell, Tony (1997). The Blues: From Robert Johnson to Robert Cray. Dubai: Carlton Books Limited. p. 95. ISBN  1-85868-255-X.
  5. ^ "Login". Retrieved 21 October 2014. (subscription required)
  6. ^ "Blues Music Awards Nominees - 2013 - 34th Blues Music Awards". Retrieved 2013-03-21.
  7. ^ McKay, Robin. "BLUES MUSIC AWARDS". Retrieved May 4, 2020.

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