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Earwig Music Company, Inc.
2054 W. Farwell Ave.
Chicago, IL 60645
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It’s long been said that you have to live the blues in order to play them. It would be difficult to argue that anyone performing on the blues scene today has felt the blues more than Louisiana Red
. Born Iverson Minter in Bessemer, Alabama on March 23, 1932, Red has overcome adversity at every step of his life. His songs are powerful, passionate reflections on both his tragic childhood and life struggles.
Red’s mother died from pneumonia when he was only seven days old. When he was five, the KKK murdered his father. From then on, he was shuffled between family members who abused him and an orphanage, where he suffered further abuse. Throughout these difficult times, he found solace in music. Making his first instrument at age nine out of an old cigar box and rubber bands, he was encouraged by his grandfather, a self-taught bottleneck guitarist who gave Red his first real guitar – an old Kay acoustic that he still has. While living in Pittsburgh, he became a protégé of local guitarist Crit Walters, and received encouragement from John Lee "Sonny Boy" Williamson," who gave Red a Hohner Old Standby harmonica.
At the age of sixteen, he lied about his age and joined the army, serving in Korea. After his honorable discharge, he recorded a few tracks for the Chicago’s Checker label, a subsidiary of Chess Records (featuring Little Walter on harmonica and Muddy Waters assisting on guitar). This experience allowed Red to hit the thriving Southside blues joints, where he played with Jimmy Rogers, Otis Spann, and Baby Face Leroy, learning from them, and helping to develop their styles. Perhaps his greatest inspiration, however, came when he moved to Detroit and played with John Lee Hooker, the final piece of the puzzle that would make up Red’s style.
Since moving to Germany in 1982, he has toured worldwide. He now has more than a dozen albums under his belt, and continues to record and write new material. A master of slide guitar, he plays both traditional acoustic and urban electric styles, with, lyrics both honest and often remarkably personal. He continues to connect with audiences throughout the world, and as he puts it, "Plays the blues… hard."