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Album Review

Recorded live at the Lone Star Cafe in New York City in 1981, this captures Redbone in top-notch form. The set list is peppered with Redbone staples like an extended version of Blind Blake's "Diddy Wah Diddy" (here incorrectly credited to Willie Dixon), "Shine on Harvest Moon," "Champagne Charlie," and "If We Never Meet Again This Side of Heaven." A great little document of exactly what Redbone does best: holding an audience spellbound with just his guitar, his enigmatic personality, and songs as old as the hills. Great set of notes from Dave Thompson, but unfortunately, several songs have the wrong writer's credits and two songs are listed in the wrong order on the tray card. Still, with all its packaging flaws, the performance is so first-rate it still comes highly recommended.


Born: 26 August 1949

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

While his gravelly baritone and omnipresent fedora, dark glasses, and Groucho Marx mustache made him one of the more distinct and recognizable characters in popular music, little is known about the neo-vaudeville crooner Leon Redbone. Throughout his career, he steadfastly refused to divulge any information about his background or personal life; according to legend, Redbone's desire to protect his privacy was so intense that when he was approached by the famed producer John Hammond, the contact number...
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