Born in 1932 in Bessemer, Alabama as Iverson Minter, Louisiana Red has recorded more than 50 albums for labels such as Chess, Checker and Roulette; he won a W.C. Handy award in 1983 as Best Traditional Male Blues Musician. This is the second disc for Ruf Records that pairs the legendary Louisiana Red with producer/protégé/guitarist Little Victor. The first disc, Back To The Black Bayou very deservedly won numerous European record critics awards (the equivalent to our Grammy). For this disc they take a slightly different focus, shifting from the swamps and bayous to the back alleys of Memphis. They keep the same core of musicians that were on the first with Louisiana Red on vocals, guitar and slide guitar, Little Victor on guitar and lead guitar, Mookie Brill on upright bass, Alex Pettersen drums, and Bob Corritore on harmonica as the basic band with a a few others lending important support.
The songwriting is still Louisiana Red's (Iverson Minter) on eleven of the twelve cuts, on two of those cuts he is co-writer with Victor Mac (Little Victor) and the one he didn't write, is a haunting cover of the Lemmon Jefferson / Walter Lewis cut, See That My Grave Is Kept Clean, and it keeps the spirit of the original while exploring some new ground. This pairing of these two men seems to be one of those natural get togethers that is beneficial to both and leaves plenty of room to grow. A very solid disc that exploits the qualities of the slide guitar as it explores the driving alleys of Memphis.
Edited by: David N. Pyles
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