Louisiana Red & Michael Messer UK Tour May 2010

Louisiana Red & Michael Messer – A very special collaboration of two great musicians from contrasting backgrounds, brought together through a passion for playing blues slide guitar and many years of mutual admiration for each others’ work. Following on from their 2009 sell-out tour, Louisiana Red & Michael Messer will be touring the UK in May 2010

Louisiana Red was born in Alabama in 1932, and is one of the last great bluesmen still performing, who earned his place in the blues via the harsh realities of life and who learned his craft from the fathers and grandfathers of the blues; Son House, Elmore James, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Arthur Crudup, Robert Nighthawk, Muddy Waters & John Lee Hooker, to name just a few!

When Louisiana Red performs, the songs are often only a launch pad for expressing 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 griots. From the old acoustic Delta sounds of Robert Johnson, all the way to the urban electric Chicago style of his mentor Muddy Waters, Louisiana Red’s great versatility shines. 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’.

Michael Messer was born in Middlesex in 1956, and is recognized as one of the leading slide guitarists and blues innovators around the world. His playing encompasses the entire history of the blues, but is uniquely contemporary and highly individual. Being an English bluesman with an international reputation for slide guitar is a rarity in itself and Messer’s obsessive appetite for knowledge of his art is virtually unrivalled. The American magazine, ‘Spirit’ listed Michael as one of the greatest slide guitarists ever alongside Duane Allman and Ry Cooder”.

Michael Messer’s accolades include a US number one blues album in 2001 and the award for ‘Best International Blues Guitar Album’ in 2003. One prominent US journalist described him as “an unavoidable force in modern blues”. In addition, Johnny Cash was a fan of Messer’s and wrote the CD liner notes for his 1993 album, Rhythm Oil.
www.michaelmesser.co.uk

Tour Dates
11/05/10 – Martlets Hall, Burgess Hill
12/05/10 – Amber Rooms, Exeter
13/05/10 – The Thunderbolt, Bristol
14/05/10 – New Forest Arts Centre, New Milton
15/05/10 – Arlington Arts Centre, Newbury
16/05/10 – Hop Pole, Aylesbury
18/05/10 – Mark Lamarr, BBC Maida Vale
19/05/10 – New Little Civic, Wolverhampton
20/05/10 – Stamford Arts Centre, Stamford
21/05/10 – Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal
22/05/10 – The Arc, Stockton
23/05/10 – Baby Blue Club, Liverpool
25/05/10 – Band On The Wall, Manchester
27/05/10 – Ashcroft Arts Centre, Fareham
28/05/10 – The Tin Angel, Coventry
29/05/10 – Town Hall, Selby
30/05/10 – Green Note, Camden, London
31/05/10 – The Globe, Cardiff11/05/10 – Martlets Hall, Burgess Hill
12/05/10 – Amber Rooms, Exeter
13/05/10 – The Thunderbolt, Bristol
14/05/10 – New Forest Arts Centre, New Milton
15/05/10 – Arlington Arts Centre, Newbury
16/05/10 – Hop Pole, Aylesbury
18/05/10 – Mark Lamarr, BBC Maida Vale
19/05/10 – New Little Civic, Wolverhampton
20/05/10 – Stamford Arts Centre, Stamford
21/05/10 – Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal
22/05/10 – The Arc, Stockton
23/05/10 – Baby Blue Club, Liverpool
25/05/10 – Band On The Wall, Manchester
27/05/10 – Ashcroft Arts Centre, Fareham
28/05/10 – The Tin Angel, Coventry
29/05/10 – Town Hall, Selby
30/05/10 – Green Note, Camden, London
31/05/10 – The Globe, Cardiff

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