May 17, 2008
Louisiana Red has lived the Blues… and Louisiana Red not only plays the Blues, he lives it through his guitar and his singing. Strongly influenced by Muddy Waters, Lightnin’ Hopkins and Arthur Crudup, he has long ago found his own voice, his own style, his own form of expression.
When Red performs, the songs are often only launching pad for expressing his immediate feelings in the almost lost tradition of spontaneous composition that goes back to the original Delta Blues artists, and even further to the West-African griot bards.
In a career spanning over half a century, Louisiana Red has played with just about every major bluesman you can name, some of the most memorable encounters being his jams with B.B. King and Muddy Waters.
But it doesn’t matter who he plays with or where he appears; Louisiana Red brings the same intensity and enthusiasm to every stage he appears on, whether in front of 10,000 people at a festival or 100 people in an intimate club.
“A giant of the blues shows up to play a little club in the Catskills.” –Cafe Guide
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