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Lazy Lester Blues Stop Knocking

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Producer Derek O'Brien was able to re-create the atmosphere and the sound of Jay Miller's... more

Lazy Lester: Blues Stop Knocking

Producer Derek O'Brien was able to re-create the atmosphere and the sound of Jay Miller's original swamp blues recordings from the 50s and 60s. This is a journey back in times. Thanks must also go to the musicians. They know how to play that stuff. Their fundamental rhythms are the foundation for Lazy's kind of blues. Excellent! LAZY LESTER - voc/hca/gtr/perc, JIMMIE VAUGHAN - gtr, DEREK O'BRIEN - gtr, SPEEDY SPARKS - bass, MIKE BUCK - drums. Special guests: GENE TAYLOR - pno, SUE FOLEY - gtr, etc.

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Lazy Lester - Blues Stop Knocking CD 1
01 Blues Stop Knockin'
02 I Love You Baby
03 I'm Your Breadmaker, Baby
04 Go Ahead
05 Gonna Stick To You Baby
06 I'm Gonna Miss You (Like The Devil)
07 Ya Ya
08 They Call Me Lazy
09 Ponderosa Shuffle
10 No Special Rider
11 I Told My Little Woman
12 Sad City Blues
13 Nothing But The Devil
14 The Sun Is Shining
15 I'm A Lover Not A Fighter
16 I Made Up My Mind
17 My Home Is A Prison
18 Tell Me Pretty Baby
19 Hello Mary Lee
Lazy Lester Lazy Lester, born Leslie Johnson on June 20, 1933 in Torras, Louisiana, played... more
"Lazy Lester"

Lazy Lester

Lazy Lester, born Leslie Johnson on June 20, 1933 in Torras, Louisiana, played harmonica and guitar and recorded for producer Jay Miller. His fantastic 1950s and 1960s sides were released on the famous Nashville-based Excello Records label, owned by Ernie Young.

Besides recording under his own name, Lazy Lester contributed to recordings by Lightnin’ Slim, Slim Harpo and Katie Webster, a.o. He will always be remembered for writing such beautiful Louisiana blues classics as ’I'm a Lover Not a Fighter,’ ’I Hear You Knockin', ’ and ’Sugar Coated Love. ’

By accident, Lazy Lester found himself a seat on a bus sitting next to Lightnin’ Slim who was on his way to a 1956 Excello recording session. The scheduled harmonica player for the session didn’t show up, so Lazy Lester could step in. Jay Miller was impressed by Lester’s cool, laidback style of playing the harmonica and recorded him as solo artist. He also used the multi-instrumentalist – Lester could play guitar, harmonica, bass and percussions - in sessions for other Excello artists.

Lazy Lester wrote great tunes, but most of his songs were credited to Jay Miller, or to Miller and Lester. He only only received few royalties, he stated and gave up on the music industry by the late 1960s and he took over manual work. In 1971 promoter Fred Reif organized a show with Lightnin’ Slim, and Lester was brought in to perform with his former partner. Lazy Lester was back on the scene! For the next three decades or so he played in the US and Europe, usually backed by pick-up bands. Record labels like Alligator, Telarc and Ace Records (UK) recorded him again, and once again Lester became an integral part of the international blues circus. 

Among others the Fabulous Thunderbirds, the Flamin' Groovies, Dave Edmunds, Dwight Yoakam, the Kinks, Anson Funderburgh and Freddy Fender recorded his songs. Most recently, Lester lived with his girlfriend in Paradise, California, he occasionally appeared at festivals and in documentary films. Lazy Lester died of cancer August 22, 2018. He lived to be 85.

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