Probably no musician alive has experienced more blues history, up close, than Pinetop Perkins, the 95-year-old pianist and singer whose resume includes a decadelong stint with Muddy Waters beginning in 1969. Perkins, a Mississippi native, began his career as a guitarist in the late '20s and over the years has worked with Robert Nighthawk, Sonny Boy Williamson, B.B. King, Earl Hooker and, in the late '70s, the Legendary Blues Band. But Perkins doesn't rest on those achievements. His most recent album, Pinetop Perkins and Friends, received a Grammy nomination for best traditional blues album; winners will be announced Feb. 8.
The pianist rarely leaves his home in Austin, Texas, but Friday he will play Skipper's Smokehouse, backed by the Steady Rollin' Bob Margolin Blues Band. Longtime Tampa Bay area blues duo Liz Pennock & Dr. Blues will open. The show starts at 8 p.m. at 910 Skipper Road in Tampa. Tickets, $15 in advance and $20 at the door, are available at Skipper's or online at www.wmnf.org.