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During his prolific career of nearly six decades, Louisiana Red managed to remain an idiosyncratic and unpredictable performer, forging his own artistic pathway and refusing to conform to preconceived notions as to how the blues should sound and what they ought to say. At a time when bluesmen were expected to represent the folk wisdom of past ages, Red’s recordings were startlingly contemporary; his early work included stirring indictments of the segregationist South, humorous commentary on the Cuban missile crisis, and even a song that suggested that Bo Diddley, Jimmy Reed, and Ray Charles should be granted positions in the U.S. Senate. When My Mama Was Living is a set of 16 previously unreleased recordings that Red cut for the Blue Labor label in the mid-‘70s. Red released two first-rate full-lengths for Blue Labor during this time, and this material is primarily made up of outtakes from those sessions. It includes stirring interpretations of standards like “John Henry” and Slim Harpo’s “I’m a King Bee," as well as impressive originals like “Cold White Sheet” and the title track.

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A real slice of History

This is just a really cool and deep over view of a not so well known yet amazing artist.


Born: March 23, 1932 in Bessemer, AL

Genre: Blues

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

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...
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When My Mama Was Living, Louisiana Red
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Blues, Music, Jazz
  • Released: Oct 02, 2012

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