“See that my grave is kept clean”
Red’s start in life was about as tough as it gets – his mother died of pneumonia shortly after his birth and his father was lynched by the KKK when he was only five years old.
Low down Back Porch Blues
Undoubtedly Iverson Minter, aka Louisiana Red, was one of the giants of the blues genre learning his slide style from Muddy Waters. His first record, “Lowdown Back Porch Blues”, was recorded N.Y.C with Tommy Tucker and released in 1963, with Red’s second album “Seventh Son” released later the same year. Red’s sharp edged single “I’m Too Poor To Die” showcased his talent for lyrical innovation and angular boogie shuffle – the unusual harp instrumental B-side “Sugar Hips” peaked at 117 in 1964 on the US Billboard Hot 100, and number 30 on the Cashbox charts.
I’m Too Poor To Die
He maintained a busy recording and performing schedule through the 1960s and 1970s with recording sessions for Chess, Checker, Atlas, Glover, Roulette, L&R and Tomato Records amongst and in 1983 he won the W.C. Handy Award for Best Traditional Blues Male Artist.
In 1994, Louisiana Red fused the blues with the urban Greek music of the Stelios Vamvakaris, on the album, “Blues Meets Rembetika”. He continued to tour, including regular returns to the USA, and in 2011 released the album “Memphis Mojo” – a great sounding record – to broad public acclaim. Red passed away February 25, 2012.
So long Red may the blues be with you!