HE is the eldest son of the undisputed king of the blues, Muddy Waters, and he is heading towards Hampshire.

Blues fans are in for a real treat when Mud Morganfield headlines at Southampton’s 1865 Club on Saturday, May 9.

It is a major coup for the city’s latest major music venue and club bosses are hoping to attract more top blues musicians from both sides of the big pond.

The 1865 club’s Jamie Ford says: “We are hugely delighted to welcome Mud Morganfield to The 1865, South-ampton.

“The surreal presence of Muddy Waters’ son at our venue will overwhelm us all, I’m sure, and we cannot wait for a fantastic night of blues!”

Muddy Waters’ 1948 single I Can’t Be Satisfied – an old Delta blues song – was such a huge hit that the Chess brothers, who were behind the iconic record label, sold out every copy they had pressed.

His records shaped and defined the sound of Chicago blues and the modern day blues band.

Mud, who has followed in his blues legend dad’s footsteps, was attracted to music at an early age. Muddy bought him a drum set for Christmas which he learned to play at the age of seven.

Later he switched to bass guitar while delving into songwriting.

He composed most of the songs on his award-winning album Son Of The Seventh Son, including Blues In My Shoes.

Blues fans were introduced to Mud at a tribute concert to his father in 2007 but his performance at the Chicago Blues Festival that same year brought him instant recognition.

His musical travels have taken him around the globe with festival appearances and headlining the legendary Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club and Royal Albert Blues Fest.

Mud has appeared on the iconic Jools Holland TV show and a TV documentary by international famous modern bluesman Hugh Laurie.

Last year Mud recorded a new album, For Pops, as a tribute to his late father.

Mud says: “When I’m on stage I always feel pops is there with me and it means so much that I can get on stage and keep his music alive around the world.”

Mud Morganfield, The 1865, Brunswick Square, Southampton on May 9. Tickets: www.the1865.com