Gig: Li’l Jimmy Reed – Goin’ Up The Country at Worthenbury Village Hall: 30.08.13
Posted on: Sunday, Aug 25, 2013
**REMINDER – THIS COMING FRIDAY, 30TH AUGUST**
Bluesman Leon Atkins, aka Li’l Jimmy Reed, makes his first appearance in the region on 30th August as part of a short UK tour accompanied by top blues pianist Bob Hall. Atkins, born in Louisiana but now of Alabama learned first hand the struggles and the discrimination of growing up poor and black in the Deep South. At an early age, to escape the depressions which many of the blacks experienced in the poverty stricken South, he adopted a love for music.
He gained his moniker when he was 18 years old. He’d gone to a bar in Louisiana to see the legendary Jimmy Reed (“Bright Lights, Big City”) but unfortunately Reed, as often was the case, was too drunk to play so they called him up to play instead. Being tuned in to Jimmy Reed’s songs he gave such a good show that everyone called him Li’l Jimmy Reed from then onwards.
Playing electric guitar and rack harp he will be accompanied by the UK’s top blues pianist Bob Hall and Hilary Blythe on bass and a drummer tba.
There has already been a great deal of interest in this gig as it will be a rare opportunity to see one of the last of the original old Deep South bluesmen.
Tickets at £15 can be reserved by ringing 01948 770215.
Doors 8pm: show 9 pm