The current (circa
2000) blues scene in the U.S. and Europe is characterized by a wide
variety of styles and musicians. However, as the years go passing by
there are fewer and fewer artists left that were active during the
formative years of blues music, those who participated in the
development of the music.
Thus, it is all the more important and cause for celebration that there
are still artists such as Louisiana Red.
Louisiana Red has lived the Blues. And Louisiana Red not only plays the
Blues, he lives it through his guitar and his singing. Strongly
influenced by Muddy Waters, Lightnin‘ Hopkins and Arthur Crudup, he has
long ago found his own voice, his own style, his own form of expression.
When Red performs, the songs are often only launching pad for expressing
his immediate feelings in the almost lost tradition of spontaneous
composition that goes back to the original Delta Blues artists an even
further to the West-African griot bards.
In a career spanning over half a century, Louisiana Red 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.
But it doesn’t matter who he plays with or where he appears - Louisiana
Red brings the same intensitiy and enthusiasm to every stage he appears
on, whether in front of 10,000 people at a festival or 100 people in an
Louisiana Red’s albums have been called masterpieces by critics, and in
1983 he won a W.C. Handy Award as best traditional blues artist. After
living in Germany for 20 years, he has made a several triumphant
comeback tours in the United States.
But if you ask Red about it, he won’t tell you much about his success.
He’ll much rather talk about his latest CD project, about a new song or
a new guitar lick. Because Louisiana Red is constantly creating, always
searching für another expression of his blues. For once, the hyperbole
ist justified: Louisiana Red is the Blues.
1932 - Born in Bessema, Alabama as Iverson Minter. His mother died a
week after his birth.
1941 - Louisiana Red’s father was killed by the Ku-Klux-Klan.
1972 - His first beloved wife died from cancer.
1975 - Festival in Montreux. Strongly influenced by Muddy Waters,
Lightnin‘ Hopkins and Arthur Crudup, he has long ago found his own
voice, his own style, his own form of expression.Louisiana Red 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
1981 - Louisiana Red leaves the United States for living now in
1983 - W.C. Handy Award as best traditional blues artist.
1984 - Marriage with his beloved wife Dora.
1997 - The first triumphant comeback tours in the United States.
1998 - Several comeback tours in the United States.