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Biography

” Louisiana Red (born Iverson Minter) was a flamboyant guitarist, harmonica player, and vocalist. He lost his parents early in life through multiple tragedies; his mother died of pneumonia a week after his birth, and his father was lynched by the Klu Klux Klan when he was five.

  Red began recording for Chess in 1949, then joined the Army. After his discharge, he played with John Lee Hooker in Detroit for almost two years in the late ’50s, and continued through the ’60s and ’70s with recording sessions for Chess, Checker, Atlas, Glover, Roulette, L&R, and Tomato, among others.

  Louisiana Red moved to Hanover, Germany in 1981, and maintained a busy recording and performing schedule through the subsequent decades into the new millennium, his 21st century releases including 2001’s Driftin’ on Earwig, 2002’s A Different Shade of Red on Severn, 2004’s Bad Case of the Blues on Mojo Tone, 2005’s No Turn on Red on Hightone and Hot Sauce on Red Lightnin’, and 2008’s Back to the Black Bayou (recorded in Norway with producer/guitarist Little Victor) on Ruf. He died in Germany in 2012 when his thyroid imbalance brought on a stroke.” Continue reading

Discography

 

1963 The Lowdown Back Porch Blues album review Collectables  
(2)
 
  Seventh Son 1963 Seventh Son Carnival Recording Co.  
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Louisiana Red Sings the Blues
1972 Louisiana Red Sings the Blues Wounded Bird  
(2)
 
 
Sweet Blood Call
1975 Sweet Blood Call album review Fat Possum  
(1)
 
 
Dead Stray Dog
1976 Dead Stray Dog album review Fat Possum  
(2)
 
  Red Funk & Blue 1978 Red Funk & Blue Black Panthers  
(0)
 
  Blues from the Heart 1983 Blues from the Heart JSP  
(0)
 
  Blues Man 1984 Blues Man JSP  
(1)
 
 
Live at 55
1994 Live at 55 Blues Beacon  
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Always Played the Blues
1994 Always Played the Blues JSP  
(0)
 
 
Blues for Ida B
1994 Blues for Ida B JSP  
(1)
 
 
Sittin' Here Wonderin'
1995 Sittin’ Here Wonderin’ album review Earwig  
(2)
 
  Sugar Hips 1995 Sugar Hips CMA  
(0)
 
  Nobody Knows 1996 Nobody Knows Uptown Video  
(0)
 
 
Walked All Night Long
1997 Walked All Night Long album review Blues Alliance  
(3)
 
  Louisiana Guitar Red 1997 Louisiana Guitar Red Uptown Video  
(1)
 
  Over My Head 1998 Over My Head Chrisly Records  
(0)
 
  I Hear the Train Coming 1998 I Hear the Train Coming Chrisly Records  
(0)
 
 
Millennium Blues
1999 Millennium Blues album review Earwig  
(1)
 
 
Live at the Blues Bouquet
2000 Live at the Blues Bouquet Ocala Records  
(0)
 
 
Live in Montreux
2000 Live in Montreux album review Labor Records  
(2)
 
  Sings Deep Blues 2001 Sings Deep Blues ZYX Music  
(0)
 
 
Driftin'
2001 Driftin’ album review Earwig  
(2)
 
 
A Different Shade of Red: The Woodstock Sessions
2002 A Different Shade of Red: The Woodstock Sessions album review Severn Records  
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No Turn on Red
2005 No Turn on Red album review HMG  
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  Hot Sauce 2005 Hot Sauce Red Lightnin’ (UK)  
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Back to the Black Bayou
2009 Back to the Black Bayoualbum review Ruf Records  
(18)
 
 
Memphis Mojo
2011 Memphis Mojo Ruf Records  
(1)
 
  Rip Off Blues   Rip Off Blues Chrisly Records  
(0)
 
  Brothers in Blues   Brothers in Blues Chrisly Records  
(2)
 
  You Got to Move   You Got to Move Blue Max / Vizztone  
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