|Birth name||Iverson Minter|
March 23, 1932|
Bessemer, Alabama, U.S.
|Died||February 25, 2012
Iverson Minter (March 23, 1932 – February 25, 2012), known as Louisiana Red, was an African-American blues guitarist, harmonica player, and singer, who recorded more than 50 albums. He was best known for his song "Sweet Blood Call".
Born in Bessemer, Alabama, Minter lost his parents early in life; his mother died of pneumonia shortly after his birth, and his father was lynched by the Ku Klux Klan in 1937. He was brought up by a series of relatives in various towns and cities. Red recorded for Chess in 1949, before joining the Army. He was trained as a parachutist with the 82nd Airborne and was sent to Korea in 1951. The 82nd Airborne was not deployed as a complete unit in Korea, but soldiers from this unit were dispatched as Rangers in the 2nd, 3rd and 7th Infantry Divisions. Minter said he was assigned to the 3rd Infantry Division.
His first album, Lowdown Back Porch Blues, was recorded in New York with Tommy Tucker and released in 1963. His second album, Seventh Son, was released later the same year. Louisiana Red released the single "I'm Too Poor to Die" for the Glover label in 1964. It peaked at number 117 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 30 on the Cashbox chart. (Billboard did not publish an R&B chart in 1964.)
He maintained a busy recording and performing schedule through the 1960s and 1970s, working in sessions for Chess, Checker, Atlas, Glover, Roulette, L&R and Tomato, amongst others. In 1983 he won a W. C. Handy Award for Best Traditional Blues Male Artist. He lived in Hanover, Germany, from 1981.
In 1994, Louisiana Red fused the blues with the urban Greek music of the bouzouki player Stelios Vamvakaris, on the album Blues Meets Rembetika. He continued to tour, including regular returns to the United States, until his death. In 2011, Louisiana Red released the album Memphis Mojo, to broad public acclaim.
Michael Messer noted on February 25, 2012, "I am very sorry to be bringer of such sad news that my dear friend, Louisiana Red, died this morning. He had a stroke on Monday and had been in a coma." He died in Hanover, aged 79.
- W. C. Handy Award for Best Traditional Blues Male Artist, 1983
- Grand Prix du Disque (Blues) for Back to the Black Bayou, 2009
- German Record Critics Award (2nd quarter) for Best New Release (Blues), 2009
- Bluesnews Poll for Back to the Black Bayou, 2009
- Blues Music Award for Acoustic Album of the Year (You Got to Move), 2010
- Lowdown Back Porch Blues (1963, Roulette)
- Seventh Son (1963, Carnival)
- Shouts the Blues (1970, Forum Circle)
- Louisiana Red Sings the Blues (1972, Atlantic)
- Sweet Blood Call (1975, Blue Labor)
- Dead Stray Dog (1976, Blue Labor)
- New York Blues (1979, L+R)
- Reality Blues (1980, L+R)
- High Voltage Blues, with Sugar Blue (1980, Black Panther)
- Midnight Rambler (1982, Tomato/Rhino)
- Blues for Ida B (1982, JSP)
- Boy from Black Bayou (1983, L+R)
- Blues from the Heart (1983, JSP)
- Anti Nuclear Blues (1983, L+R)
- Bluesman (1984, JSP)
- Back to the Road Again (1984, MMG)
- My Life, with Carey Bell (1984, L+R)
- World on Fire (1985, MMG)
- Brothers in Blues (1985, CMA)
- Back to the Roots (1987, CMA)
- Last Mohican of the Blues (1992, Polton)
- Ashland Avenue Blues (1992, Schubert)
- Always Played the Blues (1994, JSP)
- Louisiana Red (1994, Forum)
- Blues Meets Rembetika (1994, Distazi)
- Sittin' Here Wonderin' (1995, Earwig Music)
- Sugar Hips (1995, CMA)
- Rising Sun Collection (1996, JAMR)
- I Hear the Train Coming (1997, Chrisly)
- Over My Head (1997, Chrisly)
- Walked All Night Long with Lefty Dizz, originally recorded in 1976 (1997, Blues Alliance)
- Rip Off Blues (1998, Chrisly)
- Winter & Summer Sessions (1998, Blues Factory)
- Driftin' (1999, Earwig Music)
- Millennium Blues (1999, Earwig Music)
- Sings Deep Blues (2001, P-Vine)
- A Different Shade of Red (2002, Severn)
- No Turn on Red (2005, Hightone)
- Hot Sauce (2005, Red Lightnin')
- Back to the Black Bayou, with Kim Wilson and Little Victor (2008, Bluestown)
- You Got to Move, with David Maxwell (2009, Blu Max/Vizztone)
- Memphis Mojo, with Little Victor (2011, Ruf)
- When My Mama Was Living (2012, Labor Records; recorded 1975)
- Live & Well (1976, Ornament)
- King Bee, with Sugar Blue (1978, Orchid)
- Red, Funk and Blue, with Sugar Blue (1978, Black Panther)
- Live in Montreux (2000, Labor)
- Live at 55, with Carey Bell (1994, Enja)
- Bad Case of the Blues, with Carey Bell (2004, Mojo Tone)
- Live at Painted Sky (2008, Paul Productions)
- Anthologie du Blues, vol. 11 (Roulette)
- Blues Classics (1983, L+R)
- Pretty Woman (1991, Blues Beacon)
- The Best of Louisiana Red (1995, Evidence)
- The Blues Spectrum of Louisiana Red, with Sugar Blue (1998, JSP)
Guest appearances (selected)
- Carey Bell, Brought Up the Hard Way
- Eric Burdon, Comeback
- Kent Cooper, The Blues and Other Songs
- Bob Corritore, Harmonica Blues
- Champion Jack Dupree, After All
- John Lee Hooker, Down Child
- Albert King, Blues Guitar Killers, with Johnny Winter and Rory Gallagher
- Albert King, Live
- Brownie McGhee, Rainy Day
- Johnny Shines, Too Wet to Plow
- Sunnyland Slim, Decoration Day
- Roosevelt Sykes, Boogie & Blues
- Roosevelt Sykes, Music Is My Business
- Wentus Blues Band, Family Album
Various artists (selected)
- The Paul Jones Rhythm & Blues Show – The American Guests (JSP CD210)
- The Paul Jones Rhythm & Blues Show – The American Guests, vol. 3 (JSP CD235)
- Chicago Blues, vol. 2
- Earwig 16. Ann. Sampler (1995, Earwig Music)
- Earwig 20. Ann. Sampler (2000, Earwig Music)
- American Folk Blues Festival (1980, 1983, L+R)
- The 1. Blues Sampler (1980, L+R)
- Blues Legends – Blues Giants (1993, Castle Communications)
- Live at Boston Blues Festival, vol. 2 (2007, Blues Trust)
- Family Meeting, Wentus Blues Band with Mick Taylor and Lazy Lester (2008, Ruf)
- Blues Wire Birthday Tour (Greece, 2007)
- Houserockin' and Blues Shoutin – Rhythm Room 15 Year Anniversary Album (2006, Blue Witch Records)
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- "Bman's Blues Report: New Release from Ruf Records: Memphis Mojo – Louisiana Red and Little Victor's Juke Joint". Bmansbluesreport.com. 2011-10-03. Retrieved 2011-12-30.
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