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Lazy Lester Traveling Days - Live In Italy (CD)

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(New Shot Records) 9 tracks, digisleeve The pioneer of Louisiana blues returns with a live album... more

Lazy Lester: Traveling Days - Live In Italy (CD)

(New Shot Records) 9 tracks, digisleeve

The pioneer of Louisiana blues returns with a live album recorded in Italy in 1991. His harmonica and vocals are on full display here. He has already released a dozen solo records on numerous labels in the USA, Japan and Great Britain. He was inducted into the Louisiana Blues Hall of Fame in 1998 and the Blues Hall of Fame in 2012 for his contributions to the genre of blues music. On this new live album, Lester is accompanied by a strong band that supports the leader perfectly.

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  • Interpret: Lazy Lester

  • Album titlle: Traveling Days - Live In Italy (CD)

  • Genre Blues

  • Artikelart CD

  • Preiscode Y11
  • Label New Shot Records

  • EAN: 8016108031770

  • weight in Kg 0.05
Lazy Lester - Traveling Days - Live In Italy (CD) CD 1
01 Intro Lazy Lester
02 The Same Thing Could Happen To You Lazy Lester
03 Patrol (Wagon) Blues Lazy Lester
04 Got My Mojo Workin' Lazy Lester
05 Baby Don't You Wanna Go (Sic) Lazy Lester
06 Irene Lazy Lester
07 St Louis Blues Lazy Lester
08 If You Think I've Lost You Lazy Lester
09 Sugar Coated Love Lazy Lester
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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Tracklist
Lazy Lester - Traveling Days - Live In Italy (CD) CD 1
01 Intro
02 The Same Thing Could Happen To You
03 Patrol (Wagon) Blues
04 Got My Mojo Workin'
05 Baby Don't You Wanna Go (Sic)
06 Irene
07 St Louis Blues
08 If You Think I've Lost You
09 Sugar Coated Love