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(Made Wright Records) 10 tracks, digipack Jaw Jackin' Blues, produced by longtime Little... more

Little Freddie King: Jaw Jackin' Blues (CD)

(Made Wright Records) 10 tracks, digipack

Jaw Jackin' Blues, produced by longtime Little Freddie King drummer Wacko Wade, captures' a few tales about the rough and tumble world of wino hell and blues heaven which da King often visited, on his way home from a gig as a young man. Wacko decided to put the "spoken word" to music, and capture some of Freddie's legendary true life stories. 'We aim to give the younger generation music lovers a glimpse of the life of one of the last great country-blues players.' Jaw Jackin' Blues, captures an electric blues groove with a pulsating beat that brings the fantastically sleazy juke joint to life and makes you want to light up.

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King, Little Freddie - Jaw Jackin' Blues (CD) CD 1
01 Mixed Bucket Of Blood
02 Upside His Coconut
03 Dig Me Part 2
04 Looking For My Woman
05 Bollywood Freddie
06 Crackho Flo
07 Half Gallon Of Vodka
08 Messin Around Part 2
09 Unleashed Da Dogs
10 Trip To Detroit
Little Freddie King Little Freddie King born Fread E. Martin in McComb, Mississippi in 1940,... more
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Little Freddie King

Little Freddie King born Fread E. Martin in McComb, Mississippi in 1940, moved to New Orleans at 17. For decades, he worked day jobs and played music by night. Before Swamp Boo-gie. only one album appeared, 1970's Rock 'n' Roll Blues, credited to "Harmonica Williams with Little Freddie King.

King's profile grew in 1979 and the 1980s when he received cobilling with Percy Randolph at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. Randolph was known as the singer-harmonica player who pedaled his amplifier equipped bicycle through New Orleans neighborhoods. King eventually emerged as a front man. He got his first singular billing at Jazz Fest in 1988.

Rouzan met King in the 1960s because his father was a blues fan. "I was about 10 years old," Rouzan says. "He was friends with my dad. My old man would bring Freddie to our house. We had an old guitar and amp. Fred-die would get on that thing and wind it up. I used to stand in the corner and listen. That was it. I was bit by the blues."

King's duo with Polka Dot Slim, Rouzan re-calls. was similar to the Brownie McGhee, Sonny Terry's harmonica-guitar duo. "Polka Dot Slim was an amazing harmonica player."
In the 1960s and later, Slim, King and their peers gigged at little neighborhood bars pa-tronized by residents in the immediate vicin-ity. "People right there in the neighborhood," Rouzan says, -not people from miles around, going to the hear the music. All that is all gone now, but at the time, wherever there was a hole in the wall, Freddie and Polka Dot Slim were there."

About 25 years after King's visits to the Rouzan home in the '60s. Gary Rouzan was a family man working as a printer at The Times-Picayune. He happened to see a photo in a blues magazine identified as Little Freddie King. Not recognizing the musician in the photo, he brought the magazine to his father, confident that the photo's caption was incorrect. "My dad looked at it and said, `That's Freddie.' I'm like. `What happened?' And then I realized I hadn't seen Freddie in 25 years." King, Rouzan's father added, was still in town, still playing the blues.

"Freddie was just getting little gigs in New Or-leans then," Rouzan says. "That's all that was happening for him."  Rouzan reconnected with King and became his manager. He concluded that making an album would help his old friend's career. Rouzan contacted Carlo Ditta, producer, mu-sician and owner of Orleans Records. "I could have gotten Freddie some little gigs, but without a product. I couldn't have gotten him better gigs," Rouzan says.

Ditta had a strong track record. His projects included Danny Barker's 1988 album Save the Bones; Guitar Slim Jr.'s Grammy-nomi-nated Story of My Life, another 1988 release; Coco Robicheaux's 1994 album Spiritland; and Willy Deville's Victory Mixture, a gold album in France.
Rouzan arranged a Sunday morning audition for King at Ditta's Orleans Records Studio...

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Tracklist
King, Little Freddie - Jaw Jackin' Blues (CD) CD 1
01 Mixed Bucket Of Blood
02 Upside His Coconut
03 Dig Me Part 2
04 Looking For My Woman
05 Bollywood Freddie
06 Crackho Flo
07 Half Gallon Of Vodka
08 Messin Around Part 2
09 Unleashed Da Dogs
10 Trip To Detroit