June 20 - Santiago Shakedown 7, Santiago MN
Lightning Red is one interesting guy. He calls his brand of blues ĎTexicagoí.
Red spent his early days (Late 60ís) in the Chicago area playing with Buddy Guy and some
of the best Chicago had to offer at that time. He was befriended by none other than
Luther Allison. Luther took him under his wing and showed Red a few chops. Sounds like
a good start to me.
In the early seventies, Red moved to the music capital of the world, Austin Texas. He competed
a tough challenge. At that time (the 70ís and 80ís), Austin was filled to the brim with world
class musicians. I mean they were just crawling out of the woodwork! I know; I was there.
You would think olí Red would have his tools all in one sack from the roads heís been down.
Well he does, and then some! Redís the genuine article. Make no mistake about it,
the man can flat out PLAY!
- Gary Eckhart Blue Monday Jul. 9, p.10