Lil Jimmy Reed is back! After his sell out show at K94 last June, Jimmy is bringing his Louisiana ‘railroad blues’ band to Hull and anyone who has seen him perform will testify, he is the real deal!
Having shared the stage with legendary guitarist BB King you can ‘smell’ the blues as soon as he engages with the crowd. You will be mesmerised by his ‘stinging’ guitar work; his gritty vocals and haunting harmonica with anecdotes and short stories from the 50’s and 60’s direct from the Mississippi River clubs he grew up playing in. One of the last ‘originals' - get your tickets; you won’t be disappointed; he’s playing better than ever!
Born Leon Atkins in 1938 in a shot-gun shack in Hardwood, LA, a small cotton town on a bend in the Mississippi river, he grew up near a nightclub where blues stars Slim Harpo and Lightnin’ Slim were frequent visitors. By day he picked cotton and every night he absorbed the sounds of the blues wafting across the street. At six he had his own guitar, made from a cigar box, and by the time he was a teenager he was proficient on both guitar and harmonica, playing local clubs around Baton Rouge. His big break came when the legendary Jimmy Reed failed to make a date and Leon got to take his place in the band. He gave a show stopping performance, the crowd loved him, and when, soon after, Jimmy passed away, Leon became Lil’ Jimmy Reed.
Lil’ Jimmy took a break from music to serve his country in the military, but he’s now back playing better than ever. On his return Lil’ Jimmy has shared the stage with B.B. King, Buddy Guy and Bobby Blue Bland, among many other stars. He has also been named Blues Harmonica Player of the Year by the West Coast Blues Hall of Fame, received the Living Legend Award from the Baton Rouge Blues Society, awarded a gold disc by the Alabama Blues Society and inducted into the Alabama Blues Hall of Fame.
Lil’ Jimmy’s European tours are hugely successful and he has received wild applause and standing ovations as he strolls through the crowds playing and singing his unique brand of down-home blues. His first CD “School’s Out” was rated “Superb” by CD Review
Doors open at 7:30pm and the gig will start at 8:00pm.
Tickets will be £20.00 from Hull Box Office, but are not yet released.
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