Robert Lowery (musician)
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Robert Lowery in 1980
|Born||April 8, 1931|
|Origin||Shula, Arkansas, United States|
|Died||October 25, 2016|
|Genres||Delta blues, country blues|
As a teenager, he picked up blues tunes from records by Robert Johnson, Lightnin' Hopkins, Blind Boy Fuller, Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup, and others, eventually developing his own distinctive style. After moving to Santa Cruz, California in 1957, he backed up Big Mama Thornton.
Lowery made his first major concert appearance in 1974, at the San Francisco Blues Festival, and appeared there again in 1976 and 1984. Since then, he has traveled worldwide, and performed at many blues festivals and concerts, including a special appearance of fellow Arkansas native President Bill Clinton's 1993 inauguration. Lowery has released many recordings on diverse record labels, some of which are currently available.
More recently, Lowery's reputation as an authentic Delta blues musician has taken him far beyond California. He played the Monterey Jazz Festival in 2006, New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in 2007, Philadelphia Blues Festival, Eureka Springs Festival in Arkansas, the San Remo Blues Festival in Italy and the North Sea Jazz Festival in the Netherlands. He recorded a television commercial for MCI Inc., singing about how his telephone bill was too high.
- "Way Down Behind The Sun" / "Lowery Boogie", Delta Blues, Blues Connoisseur 1013
|1994||Earthquake Blues||Delta Blues, Country blues||Orleans|
|1995||Good Man Is Hard to Find||Delta Blues, Country blues||Orleans|
|2000||Rainin' Down Blues||Delta Blues, Country blues||Wolf Records|
|2000||Playing out in the Street||Delta Blues, Country blues||The Orchard|
|2001||Playing out in the Street (re-release)||Delta Blues, Country blues||Freepott Records|
- Robert Lowery: West Coast blues power
- Celebrating Senior Musicians of Santa Cruz County, CA
- "Playing out in the Street (release history)". AllMusic. Retrieved 23 March 2016.