Sunday, June 25, 2006

An evening of blues

Red Fish and I went over to Blues On Grand to see Louisiana Red and Honeyboy Edwards sing some seriously old-time Delta blues.

Honeyboy Edwards is three days away from being 91 years old.

Louisiana Red was born in 1932. His mom died a week after he was born, and his dad was killed by the KKK when he was only nine years old. When he sang about growing up in an orphanage home, he was singing about his own life.

Red Fish brought along her knitting, as usual.

Listening to those two old men playing their guitars and singing toothless, gravelly old blues music... listening to the living history there on the stage... that was the quietest house I've ever heard at Blues On Grand. Usually there are always people up milling around, laughing and talking... but not tonight. You could've heard a pin drop.

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