Monday, 25 June 2012

Featured Artist: International Blues Family

A legendary guitarist and songwriter, Lightning Red has toured theworld performing songs from his numerous recordings. Lightning Red began his R&B musical training the age of three. Every Saturday night, while his parents danced, he would sit directly in front of the saxophone sections of Count Basie, Jimmy Dorsey, DukeEllington and many other big bands touring the military base circuit. Marveling at him, these iconic musicians would bring Red on stage between shows to noodle on the drums or bang on the piano. This inspired him to learn the piano at the age of five. By thirteen he had an electric guitar, and his band were winning talent contests within a few years. Towards the end of his teens, Red became a protege of Luther Allison in Chicago, where he soaked up the sounds of Buddy Guy, Otis Rush, Mike Bloomfield, B.B. King and other local blues legends. He started touring North America and, in 1976, Austin, Texas became his home and touring base. It was here that Red saw The Fabulous T-Birds, featuring Jimmy Vaughan, and met a struggling “Little” Stevie RayVaughan. LZ Love has an impressive list of artists that she has sung and toured with, including Joan Armatrading, James Brown and Luther Vandross, but she has returned to her blues roots to team up again with Lightning Red after they recorded the CD “Gut Bucket Blues” backin 2007. Their new CD, “International Blues Family” was recorded in Croatia and Germany, and is receiving accolades and airplay world-wide. The band are:
LZ Love – Vocals, Percussionist
Lightning Red – Vocals,
GuitarSonnyboy – Harmonica
Nerea Rudic – Bass
Tom Diewock - Drums

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