POKEY SPECIALS 2020
Still playing and touring the World, Li’l Jimmy Reed is probably the last of the original Louisiana bluesmen. Born Leon Atkins in Baton Rouge in 1938, aged six he taught himself to play on a cigar box guitar, and aged eighteen his lucky break came when he replaced a well-known local star on stage who was too drunk to play. That man was called Jimmy Reed. Thus “Little” Jimmy Reed was born. He thus escaped the poverty of the southern US and went on to play with a great many of the legendary blues stars who ignited the 60s blues boom both here and in the US.
Here is possibly your last chance of hearing a living link to the origins of our early 60s bands such as Alexis Korner, John Mayall and The Rolling Stones.
Touring with Lil Jimmy are Bob Hall and his partner Hilary Blythe. Critically acknowledged as Britain’s finest blues and boogie pianist, Bob Hall’s distinctive and original piano style has influenced many of our piano players. He first came to fame in the rhythm ‘n’ blues explosion of the sixties and played and recorded with Alexis Korner, and Spencer Davis. He also accompanied to a host of touring bluesmen including: John Lee Hooker, Howlin’ Wolf, Little Walter, Jimmy Witherspoon, Chuck Berry, Homesick James, Lightnin’ Slim, Lowell Fulsom, Charlie Musselwhite, Snooky Prior, J B Hutto, Lazy Lester, Baby Boy Warren, Eddie Burns, Eddie Taylor, Big John Wrencher, Mickey Baker, Cousin Joe Pleasants, Sonny Terry and Eddie Clearwater. Bob subsequently led head-lining bands Tramp and Rocket 88, whose sidemen included Jack Bruce of Cream, Charlie Watts of The Rolling Stones and Mick Fleetwood and Danny Kirwan of Fleetwood Mac. From 1979 he has been a regular featured guest with The Blues Band, an all star line-up including Paul Jones, Dave Kelly, Tom McGuinness, Gary Fletcher and Rob Townsend.