LIL' JIMMY REED + Bob Hall (Piano) & Hilary Blythe
20 October 2020
Delighted that we not only welcome one of the last of the 'down home' Louisiana bluesmen from the U.S of A, but he will be with his long time accomplices, British blues piano legend Bob Hall and Hilary Blythe on Bass. How Blue can you get? Well you can find out here https://youtu.be/lnVyobXB4Vo
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LIL' JIMMY REED - the last of the Louisiana bluesmen
Leon Atkins, better known as Lil’ Jimmy Reed, is the real deal, as will be attested to by anyone who has been privileged to hear his stinging guitar work, gritty vocals and haunting harmonica. A tall charismatic figure, Lil’ Jimmy epitomises the classic Louisiana down-home blues tradition.
His many fans recognise that Lil’ Jimmy’s performances are almost the last chance to hear the raw, unadulterated sound of authentic Louisiana blues.
In Lil’ Jimmy’s band, BOB HALL is an award-winning pianist and founder member of several famous 60s/70s British blues bands including The Groundhogs and Savoy Brown.
He has accompanied many world-class bluesmen - John Lee Hooker, Howlin' Wolf, Chuck Berry and Little Walter, to name just a few.
His partner, diminutive dynamo HILARY BLYTHE, is an outstanding blues and gospel singer and rock steady bassist.
Born Leon Atkins in the late 1930s in a shot-gun shack in Hardwood, Louisiana, a small cotton and sawmill town on the Mississippi River, Leon grew up near a club where every night he absorbed the wail of the blues from 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. Filling-in one night for blues star Jimmy Reed earned him the sobriquet LIL' JIMMY REED and started him on the long path to success.
After years of playing small clubs and taverns, Lil’ Jimmy took time out to serve his country in the military. Since his return to civilian life his career has blossomed. He has shared the stage with B.B. King and Bobby “ Blue” Bland and head-lined festivals in the UK, Ireland, Belgium, Holland, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Italy, Spain and Switzerland.
In August 2020 he is also one of the Headliners of the Wickham Festival
In the sixties, the blues came to Britain and inspired a generation of teenagers who in turn took the music to international success.
Prominent among these young men was the critically-acclaimed pianist BOB HALL , whose distinctive blues and boogie style on 100s of recordings has influenced a host of others.
Bob is long serving member of SAVOY BROWN, and guests with THE BLUES BAND, featuring Paul Jones, Dave Kelly and Tom McGuinness.
Bob was a long time collaborator with Alexis Korner and in addition to Hooker, the Wolf, Chuck and Walter, Bob has accompanied:
Jimmy Witherspoon,Homesick James, Lightnin' Slim, Lowell Fulsom, Charlie Musselwhite, Snooky Pryor, J. B. Hutto, Lazy Lester, Dave Peabody, Baby Boy Warren, Eddie "Guitar" Burns, Eddie Taylor, Big John Wrencher, Mickey Baker, and Eddy Clearwater.
Bob and his wife, the dynamic singer and rock-steady bassist HILARY BLYTHE, have joined forces with Lil’ Jimmy to form The Lil’ Jimmy Reed Band. Over the past seven years this tight little outfit has given a series of show-stopping performances all over Europe.
Lil Jimmy Reed continues to play all over the US and Europe and as he happily says “life just get better with time”.