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Louisiana Red & Little Victor's Juke Joint - Back To The Black Bayou

Back To The Black Bayou

Louisiana Red &
Little Victor's Juke Joint

Ruf Records - RUF 1149

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A review written for the Folk and Acoustic Music Exchange
by Bob Gottlieb

This quirky, eclectic, and legendary bluesman recorded this at the Juke Joint Studio in Notodden, Norway and thus part of the name of this disc. On this effort he is backed by producer, guitar and harmonica player Little Victor and the band Little Victor put together for this project, and then added some special guests: Kim Wilson and Bob Corritore on harmonica and Dave Maxwell on piano. What we have here are a few of Red's renowned songs such as Alabama Train and I'm Louisiana Red, and a whole stack of new ones, all of which he wrote, or co-wrote, except for one of the songs. Red is an excellent songwriter and these tunes show that he learned his lessons about phrasing and tempo from some of the best, such as Muddy Waters. He has that same vocal power as Muddy and he lets it all out on a number of the songs; give a listen to the power and force behind his vocals on Crime In Motion. His slide guitar playing has not diminished with the passing of the years; it still has all the rough and raw power it had when he was younger. His playing and singing is infused with an extremely compelling, almost violent, emotional element that does nothing but increase the muscle of his songs. He lives in Germany now and so doesn't tour the states as much as he once did. However, if he is in your area you should definitely catch this showman of the early Chicago Electric Blues; he is one of the last of his kind and one hell of an artist.

Track List:

  • I'm Louisiana Red
  • Alabama Train
  • Crime In Motion
  • Ride On Red, Ride On
  • Sweet Leg Girl
  • The Black Bayou
  • Too Poor To Die
  • Don't Miss That Train
  • You Done Quit Me
  • I Come From Louisiana
  • Roamin' Stranger
  • At The Zanzibar

Edited by: David N. Pyles


Copyright 2009, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
This review may be reprinted with prior permission and attribution.

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