Terry Evans (musician)

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Terry Evans
Birth nameTerry Lee Evans
Born(1937-08-14)August 14, 1937
Vicksburg, Mississippi, United States
DiedJanuary 20, 2018(2018-01-20) (aged 80)
GenresR&B, blues, soul
Occupation(s)Singer, guitarist, songwriter
Instrument(s)Vocals, guitar
Years active1960s–2018
LabelsVarious including Point Blank, AudioQuest Music, and Telarc

Terry Evans (August 14, 1937 – January 20, 2018)[1][2] was an American R&B, blues, and soul singer, guitarist and songwriter. He worked with many musicians including Ry Cooder, Bobby King, John Fogerty, Eric Clapton, Joan Armatrading, John Lee Hooker, Boz Scaggs, Maria Muldaur and Hans Theessink.[3][4] Cooder stated that he always thought that Evans made a better "frontman."[4]

Between 1994 and his death, Evans released seven solo albums, including Blues for Thought (1994) Come to the River (1997) and Fire in the Feeling (2005).[3] Evans' career was inspired by Elmore James, Little Walter, Albert King, and B.B. King. Songs he wrote were recorded by Pops Staples and Louis Jordan.[3]

Life and career[edit]

Terry Lee Evans[1] was born in Vicksburg, Mississippi, United States, and sang in his local church choir.[3] His parents were keen for him to concentrate purely on gospel music, although Evans found exposure to the work of mainstream blues musicians.[4] He worked semi professionally with an a cappella group called the Knights before relocating in the 1960s to Los Angeles. He expanded his repertoire by learning to play the guitar and started to write songs for other musicians. Amongst those who recorded his songs were Pops Staples ("Love Is a Precious Thing") and Louis Jordan ("Hop, Skip, and Jump"). Unable to find his own fame, despite television exposure, Evans teamed with fellow soul and gospel singer, Bobby King. They performed regularly on the Chitlin' Circuit throughout the 1970s, although Evans also worked as a backing vocalist for Ry Cooder. His backup work is featured on several of Cooder's albums, including Chicken Skin Music (1976), My Name Is Buddy (2007) and some of his final recorded work featured on Cooder's The Prodigal Son (2018).[3] Evans joint work with King saw the release of two albums in 1988 and 1990.[5]

He gained a bigger audience through his involvement in the soundtrack to the 1986 film, Crossroads. Evans voice appeared on the title track in the film itself, and on the soundtrack on another song, "Down in Mississippi".[6] Evans later worked with Lloyd Jones' on the latter's album, Trouble Monkey, before recording his first solo album, Blues for Thought (1994).[3] It was produced by Ry Cooder, who also played guitar on the recording.[7] Evans sang backing vocals on the Dutch singer and guitarist Hans Theessink's 1997 album, Journey On.[8][9] Evans 2001 album, Mississippi Magic was nominated for a Blues Music Award as the "Best Soul Blues Album of the Year".[6] On Evans 2005 album, Fire in the Feeling, David Lindley guest starred playing guitar on a couple of the tracks.[10]

Evans' last recording was his joint effort with Theessink, on Delta Time (2012). CBC News journalist, Bianca Cervantes, opined that "Delta Time is the latest transatlantic blues treasure."[11]

In 2014, Evans was featured on the compilation Songs from a Stolen Spring. On the album Evans' performance of "Dancing in the Street" was meshed with Lebanese singer-songwriter Tania Saleh's "Not a Word was Spoken".[12]

Evans died on January 20, 2018, at the age of 80.[2]



Year Title Record label Notes
1988 Live and Let Live! Rounder with Bobby King
1990 Rhythm, Blues, Soul & Grooves Rounder with Bobby King
1994 Blues for Thought Point Blank
1995 Puttin' It Down AudioQuest Music
1997 Come to the River AudioQuest Music
2000 Walk That Walk Telarc
2001 Mississippi Magic AudioQuest Music
2003 Live Like a Hurricane AudioQuest Music Live album
2005 Fire in the Feeling Valley Entertainment
2008 Visions Blue Groove with Hans Theessink
2012 Delta Time Blue Groove with Hans Theessink
2014 Songs from a Stolen Spring Valley Entertainment Compilation



  1. ^ a b Eagle, Bob L.; Leblanc, Eric S. (August 14, 1937). Blues: A Regional Experience – Bob L. Eagle, Eric S. LeBlanc – Google Books. ISBN 9780313344244. Retrieved November 2, 2013.
  2. ^ a b "US-Sänger Terry Evans gestorben". Derstandard.at. Retrieved April 15, 2019.
  3. ^ a b c d e f Char Ham. "Terry Evans | Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved November 2, 2013.
  4. ^ a b c "Terry Evans Music". Terry Evans Music. Retrieved November 2, 2013.
  5. ^ "Bobby King and Terry Evans Rhythm, Blues, Soul... – Chicago Tribune". Articles.chicagotribune.com. December 20, 1990. Retrieved November 2, 2013.
  6. ^ a b "Onstage Orange City features soul & blues star Terry Evans – Orange City Arts Council". Orangecityarts.net. June 17, 2013. Retrieved November 2, 2013.
  7. ^ Pemberton Roach (May 3, 1994). "Blues for Thought – Terry Evans | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved November 2, 2013.
  8. ^ "Journey On – Hans Theessink | Credits". AllMusic. April 28, 1997. Retrieved November 2, 2013.
  9. ^ Dicaire, David (December 19, 2001). More Blues Singers: Biographies of 50 Artists from the Later 20th Century – David Dicaire – Google Books. ISBN 9780786410354. Retrieved November 2, 2013.
  10. ^ "CrossCut Records | CCD 11086 TERRY EVANS Fire in the Feeling". Crosscut.de. Retrieved November 2, 2013.
  11. ^ "New album 'Delta Time' is the latest transatlantic blues treasure – British Columbia – CBC News". Cbc.ca. August 2, 2013. Retrieved November 2, 2013.
  12. ^ "Songs From A Stolen Spring". Valley Entertainment. Retrieved November 14, 2014.
  13. ^ "Terry Evans | Discography". AllMusic. Retrieved November 2, 2013.

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