- Walk All Over Georgia 4:52
- King Bee 3:53
- When My Mama Was Living 4:57
- Caught Your Man And Gone 2:06
- Bad Case Of The Blues 3:38
- Little Suzie Jane 3:24
- Got A Girl With A Dog Won’t Bark 3:46
- Cold White Sheet 5:10
- Going Down To Georgia 2:51
- You Got To Move 2:45
- Going Home 2:57
- I'll Be Glad When You Are Dead 3:34
- Cold, Cold Feeling 3:36
- John Henry 5:30
- Stole From Me 4:13
- Joanne 8:39
Louisiana Red (1932-2012)/ When My Mama Was Living
LABOR RECORDS RELEASES “WHEN MY MAMA WAS LIVING,” A NEW ALBUM COMMEMORATING THE GREAT LOUISIANA RED. ALSO FEATURED ARE GUEST ARTISTS PEG LEG SAM AND LEFTY DIZZ.
Masters and alternate masters of tracks never released before
Louisiana Red, a great bluesman who came from an era that was abundant with renowned bluesmen, has finally relinquished his beloved guitar and joined his forerunners. That illustrious period of raw-boned, original talent is pretty much finished now. As critic Tali Madden summed it up in one of his reviews: “Red primarily inhabits the dark side of the blues—partially autobiographical, partially demon and mojo-driven, and almost always chilling. The sweet, pained slide guitar is deeply eloquent here…His lyrics skew toward the haunted, and deeply troubled spirit. The listener is drawn in by the sheer emotive depth of the performance, absorbing an almost vicarious shot of sweet pain. It’s as close to busking on some Vicksburg, Mississippi street corner 60 years ago as one is likely to hear. A deeply vital acoustic blues experience.”
This is a unique collection of performances done by extraordinary artists in their prime. There are times in a recording studio when the players are somewhat constrained and what one gets are the varnished equivalent of brand new shoes. They look good but they ain‘t great for walking. None of these recordings are varnished; they‘re the raw good stuff. They were made with friends--in a studio yes--but not bound by any strict rules of perfection. Just wanted spirited musicians gathered together with much ardor and the joy of being in each other’s company.
As in any such gathering, there was the ever present sense of the passage of time and of an inescapable loss to come. With Louisiana Red‘s recent passing, it became urgent to bring something to light that would honor him, and perhaps reveal yet another side of a great artist. Peg Leg and Lefty made their exits some time ago, and yet they are still firmly in mind, as with any extraordinary beings.
Few singers have ever had a voice that could express the deep emotions that Louisiana Red could. This need not be said, of course. One has only to listen to this and a good many of his other recordings to understand. Peace be with you, Red, you were one of a kind.
“With a guitar that sings, twangs and whines–now angry, now unspeakably lonesome and gentle–and a satin-edged growl that
is comfortable in several octaves, Louisiana Red exemplifies the
perfect balance of technique and soul that is the blues."
The International Review of Music (PDF)
ABS Magazine (PDF)
Soulbag France (PDF)
Blues Matters! UK
www.cadencejazzmagazine.com (PDF/Page 217)
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