"back of the Bus" with French Combo ...
2019 International Blues Challenge Finalists are heading back in 2022!
"We like to finish every concert by honoring the legends who inspire us with this medley of Muddy Waters' "Trouble No More" & Magic Sam's "Lookin' Good". We've played it as a duo in the finals at the International Blues Challenge, at Buddy Guy's Legends and as a full band to thousands at festivals. Every time seeing the thrill in fans faces lights our souls on fire." Lil' Red
LATEST NEWS: September is the time, Chicago the place where Lil’ Red Records will produce the second Lil’ Red & The Rooster album consisting of ten original songs and an adaptation of "Nobody's Fault But Mine". They've put together a Grammy Winning dream team to get your booty swinging, Engineer Blaise Barton of JoyRide Studios, Kenny “Beedy Eyes” Smith on drums and Felton Crews on bass. If that’s not enough to get you tapping in anticipation, we also have Parisian renowned Jean-Marc Labbe on baritone sax and Billy Branch singing and playing harmonica on "Keep On Loving You". Well, my booty’s shaking, my soul’s burnin’, my heart’s warmin' follow our socials for updates on it's release!!!
Lil' Red & The Rooster
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— Rootsville, BayCar Blues Festival 2018
““I passed Lil’ Red & The Rooster’s set dancing and almost forgot to take photos.” ”
— Blues Magazine, BayCar Blues Festival 2018
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Dwight Cartier * Bass & David Tilove * Drums
Veterans of the Columbus music scene, Dwight & The Governor are a tight sweet and super groovy rhythm foundation for Lil' Red & The Rooster. With 40+yrs on their instruments and a whole lot of life in their souls they'll get you up and dancing. Plus, they're the sweetest guys you ever wanna work with. Often joined by the lovable award winning boogie and blues pianist, Ricky Nye. If you're lucky, you can catch them with Dave Specter, Colin John, Long Tall Deb, Sean Carney and or Shaun Booker. The more the sweeter the gumbo
This blues man got his start playing classical guitar at the age of 11 on a farm in Normandy, France. Five years later when BB Kingʼs “Blues Is King” reached his ears, his focus changed to Blues, from there he became one of the most admired Blues guitarists in France. This extraordinary soloist integrates the Blues of the 40’s & 50’s with contemporary blues to create his own unique sound and style. In his 40+ year career, he has won several awards for best soloist. He’s shared the stage with many recognized Blues artists including Diunna Greenleaf, Sax Gordon, Sean Costello, Alex Schultz, Kid Ramos, Jimmy Morello, Mike Sanchez, Andy J. Forest, Michael “Hawkeye” Herman, Rob Rio, Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne, Candye Kane, Fernando Jones, Ricky Nye, & Steve Clayton. He remains ever true to the Blues and his favorite guitar masters, T-Bone Walker, Tiny Grimes, & Charlie Christian.
Jean-Marc Despeignes * Bass & Simon "Shuffle" Boyer or Pascal Mucci * Drums
The Paris Combo's foundation are some of France's finest blues & swing musicians. Full of charm and a powerful swing, they're reputed in the French dance world as top notch and classy professionals! Often joined by, Jean-Marc Labbe on baritone sax and can be seen on tour with Chicago Blues Hall of Famer Dave Specter. The more the groovier.
Latest Release new one coming in 2022!
“This is a high-quality work by every contributor and the production is crystal clear so that all of the nuances that are liberally sprinkled through every track can be heard and appreciated…and to get maximum benefit from this album, I suggest you do just that. It is somehow familiar and yet has clarity and originality that lifts it way above many similarly targeted releases…it’s like slipping into something comfortable and relaxing with a bottle of quality red wine…be it French or New World!NINE -doodle paws out of TEN ”
— Tom Dixon, Blues Doodles
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