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Le blues de "19th street red" n'est pas du blues "policé". C'est un blues rugueux du delta du Mississippi sur le fil du rasoir, "low down", qui fait suer les danseurs et leur fait bouger l’arrière train!! Ce style graveleux rappelle la musique de rue du quartier "Jew Town" de Chicago et il s'apparente au blues de T-Model Ford, ami de "19th street red" et partenaire de Jam sessions...

A Clarksdale, Mississippi, "19th street red" est une célébrité. Investissant le parking du mythique club "Ground Zero" comme scène improvisée ou soulevant les foules chez Red's (l'un des derniers véritables Juke Joint de Clarksdale) il est une pièce importante du delta blues. Les 6 heures de route reliant New Orleans à Clarksdale sont un rituel pour lui. Sa voix rugueuse et sauvage, mêlée au son puissant et minimaliste de sa guitare LesPaul évoque les fantômes de ses influences, John Lee Hooker, Howlin' Wolf et Muddy Waters.

C'est dans un Juke Joint appelé "Alva's Lounge" dans le voisinage de Washington D.C que "19th Street Red" a fait ses premières armes en tant que leader. Ses partenaires de jam sessions et mentors de l'époque se nomment alors, Nap Turner, "Bowling Green John” Cephas, les légendaires Bobby Parker et John Jackson, O.C Nunn, Warner Williams, "16th street Pete", "Hatchet" and "Country". Ce vivier d’artistes a permis à "19th street red" de faire ses universités du Blues dans la plus pure tradition afro-américaine.

Puis c'est le départ pour Oakland, Californie afin de s'imprégner de l'esprit et du style "low down" de Jimmy McCracklin, Lowell Fulson et T-Bone Walker. La scène du Eli's Mile High Club, très active à cette époque mais située dans un voisinage très difficile de l'Est d'Oakland a permis a "19th Street Red" de forger son style... "Filmore Slim", Craig Horton, "Little Frankie" Lee et "Country Pete"McGill sont ses compagnons de route. Ces musiciens ont le feu et l'intensité que "Red" recherchait...

A la fin des années 90, "Red" rejoint le "Chicago Brother and Sister Blues Band". Bruce Brooks et Juliette Valentine (fondateurs du groupe) arrivent eux de la scène "Maxwell Street" du "Jew Town" de Chicago, terrain de jeu de Robert Nighthawk, "Little Walter" Jacobs et "Little" Pat Rushing. Leurs fantômes souriaient...

Puis, "19th Street Red" sillonne les Etats Unis avec son "One man Band" (homme orchestre), il se forge une solide réputation de chanteur de rue tout en séduisant des milliers de fans. Et c'est naturellement qu'il établit sa base à New Orleans et dans l’état du Mississippi. Son dernier disque,
" Wine,Women and the Blues" (2009) comme son prédécesseur "Street Dog" (2004) est sauvage mais accessible. Enregistré live en studio à Château L'évêque dans le Sud Ouest de la France, cet album restitue l'atmosphère et la moiteur des Juke Joints du Sud des Etats Unis ainsi que l'émotion et les rythmes du Delta Blues. Emotion palpable dans tous les endroits où "19th street Red" s'installe...

Whether leading his tight ensemble or layin’ it down with his one-man band, 19th Street Red has shown himself to be a vital link to the old school blues performers that put this style on the map. Possessed with a rare authority and gritty passion, his own version of delta blues has him playing cities all over the U.S.

With his newest release : " Wine,Women and the Blues" Red proves himself a first class artist. He is an accomplished singer, guitarist, bandleader, songwriter and performer. This is a well-rounded, successful act ready to take it to the next level.

As a child Red was smitten by the music of blues greats Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker and T-Bone Walker. Collecting and absorbing blues records became his biggest pastime. By the time he was twenty-six Red was fronting an outfit in an “across the tracks” establishment called “Alva’s Lounge” in Northwest Washington D.C. Old time luminaries of blues and jazz including Nap Turner, Bobby “Cuba” Sanchez, Lawrence Wheatly, Bobby Parker, Warner Williams and John Cephas came out of the woodwork to participate in the weekly sessions. Later in Oakland, California, Red continued to hone his craft with such West Coast greats as Johnny Tolbert, (Little) Frankie Lee, Sugar Pie DeSanto, Errol Slack, Louis Madison and many others. Shows with Francis Clay, Snooky Pryor, Detroit Junior, Willie “Big Eyes” Smith, Freddie Hughes and many others furthered his confidence and abilities.

In the late nineties, Red joined forces with Bruce Brooks’ and Juliette Valentine’s “Chicago Brother and Sister Blues Band” for a four year stint. He helped the group become living legends on the San Francisco music scene. Here Red also learned the art of working the street. Playing the “ low down blues,” Chicago style, inspired him to focus on the Mississippi Delta Blues bug that had bit him as a young boy. Making his home base New Orleans as of Mardi Gras 2002, Red’s long time interest in Gulf Coast Blues and R&B manifests itself in his band performances and songwriting. His daytime and midnight one-man band performances along Canal and Bourbon Street have stirred up all kinds of interest. With radio spots, nightclub gigs, festivals, and local media exposure 19th Street Red’s reputation as a New Orleans based bluesman has gained him a foothold in the Crescent City and the Deep South.

Since Hurricane Katrina, Austin, Memphis, and the state of Mississippi have become satellite homes for Red. Spots at the “Highway 61 Blues Festival”, “Bentonia Blues Festival”, “Rosedale Blues Festival”, “Howlin’ Wolf Blues Festival”, “Wolf Weekend Festival”, “The Crescent City Blues and BBQ Festival”, The Ogden Museum, The Walter Anderson Museum and at the “Old Pecan Street Festival”, ”Sunflower River Blues Festival”, “Clarksdale Juke-Joint Festival” and the “Arkansas Blues and Heritage Festival” have earned this bluesman a reputation and following in Texas, Louisiana and the Mississippi Delta and Gulf Coast. His appearances in 2009 at the “New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival”, “The T-Bone Walker Blues Festival” and the “MNOP Festival” in Perigueux, France have furthered his reputation here and in Europe.

Traveling and singing the blues, Red has found an audience to embrace his renditions of Robert Johnson, Big Joe Williams, John Lee Hooker, Howlin’ Wolf and other “down-home”, “gutbucket blues” greats as well as his original compositions. The future of the blues has found another champion.

Contact: Randy Cohen
828 Royal Street #264
New Orleans, La. 70116
(504) 655-1237
bluesmanredtop@yahoo.com
www.19thstreetred.com

 
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