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Lil' Jimmy Reed - Bullfrog Blues Club - Thursday 3rd July - Press Release

Here's the official press release for the Lil' Jimmy Reed tour.

He'll be at the Bullfrog on Thursday 3rd July. Tickets just £10.00 in
advance from or from
Street Level Music on Albert Road, Southsea.

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 is one of the last remaining
performers from blues' golden generation.  His music embodies a raw
Louisiana blues tradition that goes right back to its roots in the
poverty-stricken Deep South.

Born in the late nineteen-thirties in Hardwood, LA, a small town outside of
Baton Rouge, Leon grew up near a nightclub where Slim Harpo and Lightnin'
Slim were frequent visitors. Every night Leon 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 blues legend Jimmy Reed failed to make a date at an upscale
blues club in Little Rock, Arkansas 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.  Since his return Lil' Jimmy has
shared the stage with B.B, King and Bobby Blue Bland, and in 1995 was
awarded the Alabama Blues Treasure Award. 

He has also been named Blues Harmonica Player of the Year by the West Coast
Blues Hall of Fame. 

**Bob Hall** is an award-winning pianist widely regarded as the UK's finest
blues and boogie woogie exponent, having founded several famous British
blues bands and played with many world-class bluesmen - John Lee Hooker,
Howlin' Wolf, Chuck Berry and Little Walter, to name just a few.  His
partner Hilary Blythe is an outstanding blues and gospel singer and rock
steady bassist.

"You put on a hell of a show" Harvest Blues Festival Director (Monaghan,
Eire) 2013
Latest CD "School's Out" Vent VR 30006 - "Superb!" CD Review

LIL' Jimy Reed
The NBE CSA Club
Onslow Road
Thursday 3rd July
Tickets £10.00 adv £12.00 door