Blues The best music site on the web there is where you can read about and listen to blues, jazz, classical music and much more. This is your ultimate music resource. Tons of albums can be found within. Sat, 28 Mar 2020 18:30:12 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb Louisiana Red & The City Blues Connection – World On Fire (1985/2017) Louisiana Red & The City Blues Connection – World On Fire (1985/2017)

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1. World On Fire (3:22)
2. Mississippi Girl (2:56)
3. Mini Skirt (1:58)
4. When I Was A Boy (2:21)
5. Voodoo Woman (3:53)
6. Suffering (5:16)
7. Pittsburgh (2:44)
8. Special Medicine (3:56)
9. For My Friend (4:43)
10. Soul Food (4:26)
11. On My Way To The Kingdom Land (4:24)

Backing Vocals – Audrey Motaung
Bass – Uwe Seemann (2)
Drums – Ben Ahrens (tracks: B4)
Drums, Percussion – Mick Schreiber
Guitar – Louisiana Red (tracks: A3 to A6, B1, B2, B5),
Norbert Egger (tracks: A2 to A4, A6, B1, B2),
Ulrich Maske (tracks: A1, B3, B4)
Harp – Heiko Petcke
Keyboards – Rev. Josh Blackwell
Vocals – Louisiana Red


Original text from the LP in 1985:

"The themes of the album “World On Fire” came out of Louisiana Red’s own life. The title song is almost gospel-like although rocking along aggressively, and give warning against the nuclear fire, sung by Red with wild emotion. “When I Was A Boy” is a country honk song about the times on the cotton fields.

“Mississippi Girl” and “Voodoo Woman” are love songs, but with the typical Red excitement. “For My Friend” is dedicated to Bo Diddley, played in the hand jive style, while “Soul Food” shows Red’s old love for soul music. And besides all the “babies of the Blues” (Red) as Rhythm & Blues, Rock and Soul the authentic stuff itself – listen to “Suffering”. The last song of the album is an adaption of an old gospel, “On My Way To The Kingdom Land”. Most of the songs were recorded some kind of live, Red often refused to play a title twice or do overdubs. The spontaneous expression was more important to him. A difficult way to work, but the “City Blues Connection” was the right partner. After the sessions in Volkspark Studio, Hamburg, Red commented: “They are better than any band I had before, even in Chicago”."

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Louisiana Red - Sweet Dreams Sir Minter (2013) Louisiana Red - Sweet Dreams Sir Minter (2013)

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01. Working Mule
02. The Sky Is Crying
03. Champagne And Reefer
04. What Is That She Got
05. Do You Got Balls
06. Keep On Playin' Dem Blues
07. Locked Up So Long
08. Good Bye Jack Dupree
09. Early In The Morning
10. You Done Quit Me
11. I Wonder Who
12. I Done Woke Up
13. Same Thing 
14. Too Poor To Die

Louisiana Red - guitar, vocals


Louisiana Red, born Iverson Minter, far more than just played the blues - in essence, he was the blues.

Louisiana Red had been living the blues from his birth, March 23, 1932, struggling to survive in an unfair life of bad habits and ignorance that was spent on dirty streets, factories and country fields. Although he was born with adult obligations, he always carried in his heart the child that he never was.

He lost his mother to pneumonia one week after his birth. Five years later his father was lynched and killed by members of the Ku Klux Klan, leaving Red to endure a six-year period of rotating orphanages. He was mistreated by his family, worked all kinds of heavy jobs, used by most of the women in his life and his so called friends, ripped of by record companies and “expert” fellow musicians. Louisiana Red paid a very expensive price for his dues. But he was bound and determined to survive.

At the age of 11, Red, then living with an aunt, began playing the guitar under the instruction of Crit Walters. While his early playing style mimicked that of Muddy Waters (who would be his mentor) and John Lee Hooker (with whom he would play extensively), he went on to develop an instinctive and creative style all his own. Though he didn’t record under the name Louisiana Red until 1960, he worked with a number of labels under various aliases, played with every major bluesman of his time and contributed several great blues classics to blues heritage.

In 1976 Red moved to Germany and began avidly touring and recording throughout Europe. He made numerous live recordings with different European bands, which labeled him as “over recorded”, unfortunately denying him recording opportunities with major blues record labels.

In 1983 he received the W.C. Handy award for Best Traditional Blues Artist and in 1984 married his third and beloved wife, Dora, who remained by his side for the rest of his life.

More than twenty years after his departure from the United States, Red returned in 1997 for the first of several successful comeback tours.

Louisiana Red was one of the last of the great bluesmen to have learned from and played with the fathers and grandfathers of the blues. He was a vitally important pioneer of blues music, helping set the foundation for the genre during its formative years and kept the all-but-lost Delta Blues' spontaneous composition tradition alive and well until his passing on February 25, 2012.

Louisiana Red was my dearly loved friend and is sorely missed. Sweet dreams Sir Minter. ---- John “Johnny Angel” Angelatos,

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Louisiana Red – Sweet Blood Call (2011) Louisiana Red – Sweet Blood Call (2011)

1.Louisiana Red – The Whole World (3:34)
2.Louisiana Red – Had A Date With Barbara Last Night (3:23)
3.Louisiana Red – First Degree (2:56)
4.Louisiana Red – Sweetblood Call (2:59)
5.Louisiana Red – I Was Out Walking (3:42)
6.Louisiana Red – Thirty Dirty Women (2:18)
7.Louisiana Red – King Bee (3:52)
8.Louisiana Red – Death Of Ealase (4:38)
9.Louisiana Red – Who Been Fooling You (2:41)
10.Louisiana Red – Going Home (3:18)
11.Louisiana Red – Too Poor To Die (2:51)

Louisiana Red (vocals, guitar).


I was fine with this until the sort-of title track—“Sweetblood Call,” two words, versus the album title above—and then I couldn’t carry it anymore. That’s the song about sticking a gun in a woman’s mouth and threatening to pull the trigger. I thought about it, but I just can’t carry that. Damn shame too since elsewhere on this 1975 set (reissued early this year), Louisiana Red is everything I’d want in a down-home blues guitarist: riffs lie languid, single or doubled notes shoot out spring-loaded to punch through any listener resistance. Red’s red-meat howling compliments his aw-shucks crooning and his bitter, bitten-off asides. But I just can’t carry “Sweetblood Call.”

An old friend of mine said Robert Johnson sucked because he sang, “I’m going to beat my woman / Until I get satisfied” and I thought about saying, well, the Velvet Underground sings, “There she goes again. / You better hit her,” and besides, a man like Robert Johnson walking “side by side” with the devil might do horrible things from madness, and damnation. Red shows an overflow of abjection, but neither madness nor damnation. Indeed, he elsewhere on this set hangs out the widespread bluesman conceit about how he’s got a whole lotta fish in his sea, and yes indeed he’s going to catch every single one of them. This doesn’t sit well next to a harrowing account of watching your wife die. Let alone sticking a gun in a woman’s mouth. --- Andrew Hamlin,

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]]> (bluesever) Louisiana Red Sat, 24 Nov 2012 17:37:17 +0000
Louisiana Red – Dead Stray Dog (1976) Louisiana Red – Dead Stray Dog (1976)

1. Dead Stray Dog
2. New Jersey Women
3. Held Up in One Town
4. Bad Case of the Blues
5. Caught My Man and Gone
6. My Heart's a Loser
7. Riding on a Tall White Horse
8. Cold White Sheet
9. Going Train Blues
10. Back to the Road Again
11. My Baby's Coming Home
12. Cold Feeling

Louisiana Red – guitar, vocals


Kent Cooper's liner notes tell us that he wrote most of these songs sitting in bars, feeling sorry for himself. That information might turn most listeners away; but in the hands of Louisiana Red, who has endured personal travails that would have destroyed a lesser man, even the most lugubrious tales of woe take on the steely glint of authenticity and courage.

Red's in-studio creations can be chaotic, but for this solo acoustic outing, originally recorded in 1975 for Blue Labor in White Plains, New York, he was well centered. He pushes his high-tenor voice from desolate moans to exuberant upper-register wails, immersing himself in Cooper's bleak fables as if he had written them himself. His slide work, rooted solidly in the Delta tradition, cuts as fiercely to the bone as his vocals.

The "Dead Stray Dog" of the title tune is a haunting archetype for a lonely traveler destined to die alone. On "New Jersey Women," Red screams like Elmore James over some whip-slapping slide; "Held Up In One Town," a tale of a down-and-outer trapped in a wintry city who feasts his eyes with hopeless desire on women passing by, is enervated by Red's spine-shivering slide solo. His rich laughter and half-chuckled asides add a bracing dose of blues irony.

"Caught My man And Gone" is a dark-hued modal boogie, replete with defiant affirmations of pride in the face of mistreatment at the hands of a lover. One wishes, however, that Red had come up with a few more verses. "My Heart's A Loser," built around a fierce triplet slide riff, is again obviously influenced by Elmore James (with added echoes of Joe Willie Wilkins in Red's playing); "Tall White Horse" is another defiant anthem; the disturbing "Back To The Road Again" cuts to the heart of darkness that can lurk behind prideful passion.

The way Louisiana Red wraps himself around this material, most of which is not strictly blues and was written by someone else, is remarkable. A lesser artist might have indulged in histrionics, but Red mines these songs for their tragic essence. ---David Whiteis, Living Blues

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]]> (bluesever) Louisiana Red Wed, 28 Oct 2009 22:35:59 +0000
Louisiana Red – Ashland Avenue Blues (1992) Louisiana Red – Ashland Avenue Blues (1992)

1. Ashland avenue blues 
2. Eva 
3. I need a job so bad 
4. Call him by his name 
5. East street bridge 
6. Gimme some 
7. Ida mae 
8. They march and they sing 
9. This little light of mine 
10. Good by champion jack dupree

Louisiana Red - Acoustic Guitar, Slide, Vocals
Chicago All Stars:
Erwin Helfer  - piano
‘Truck’ Parham - bass
Darlene Payne-Wells - drums
Floyd McDaniel - guitar
John Brumbach – tenor sax
Katherine Davis - vocals


Louisiana Red (born Iverson Minter) was a flamboyant guitarist, harmonica player, and vocalist. He lost his parents early in life through multiple tragedies; his mother died of pneumonia a week after his birth, and his father was lynched by the Klu Klux Klan when he was five.

Red began recording for Chess in 1949, then joined the Army. After his discharge, he played with John Lee Hooker in Detroit for almost two years in the late '50s, and continued through the '60s and '70s with recording sessions for Chess, Checker, Atlas, Glover, Roulette, L&R, and Tomato, among others. Louisiana Red moved to Hanover, Germany in 1981, and maintained a busy recording and performing schedule through the subsequent decades into the new millennium, his 21st century releases including 2001's Driftin' on Earwig, 2002's A Different Shade of Red on Severn, 2004's Bad Case of the Blues on Mojo Tone, 2005's No Turn on Red on Hightone and Hot Sauce on Red Lightnin', and 2008's Back to the Black Bayou (recorded in Norway with producer/guitarist Little Victor) on Ruf. He died in Germany in 2012 when his thyroid imbalance brought on a stroke. --- Ron Wynn, Rovi

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