Gig: Louisiana Red and Michael Messer – UK Tour May 2010

Posted on: Monday, Apr 5, 2010

Here are the northwest dates – for the rest of the country, see the web sites below.

  • 21 May 2010 – Brewery Arts Cente, Kendal
  • 23 May 2010 – Baby Blue, Liverpool
  • 25 May 2010 – Band on the Wall, Manchester

They’ve been friends and fellow bluesmen for many years – these two exceptional blues/roots performers come together to provide an evening of outstanding music – blending the old with the new.    Louisiana Red is one of the last true bluesmen, having performed with Muddy Walters & BB King – one of the last surviving greats with a personal history steeped in the early days of American blues.

Michael Messer is a well established British bluesman of rare quality.  It’s been said that his “playing encompasses the entire history of the blues but is totally individual and contemporary.”  American magazine ‘Spirit’ listed him as “one of the greatest slide guitarists ever alongside Duane Allman and Ry Cooder”!   He’s a superb guitarist and fine singer and apparently if Beck and Nick Cave ever had a love-child – it would be Michael Messer!

Louisiana Red in a career spanning over half a century, has played with just about every major bluesman you can name, some of the most memorable encounters being his jams with B.B.King and Muddy Waters. He tours constantly throughout Europe and the States, but this is a chance to see him here in the UK.  As the years go by there are few artists left that were active during the formative years of blues music.  It is all the more important and cause for celebration that there are still musicians such as Louisiana Red who have lived the Blues – strongly influenced by Muddy Waters, Lightnin‘ Hopkins and Arthur Crudup,  Red long ago found his own voice, his own style, his own form of expression.   When he performs, the songs often express his immediate feelings in the almost lost tradition of spontaneous composition that goes back to the original Delta Blues artists and even further to the West-African griot bards.

Check websites for up to date information on the gigs +

Local acoustic act Lucy Zirins may be supporting some of the UK tour.  Good luck to Lucy.

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