R.L.'s got soul. He's another one of these national treasures that breathes the blues like it's the essence of the universe. But take note - he's not going to be around forever - he's roughly 73 these days, and has been having more frequent heart problems of late. Like Fat Possum Records labelmate T-Model Ford, R.L's gotten into his share of mischief - back many, many years ago, it seems that in an altercation, he shot a man in the back of the head and killed him. When asked if he meant to kill him, R.L. responded, "I meant to shoot him in the back of the head - him dyin' was between him and the Lord." Turns out R.L. didn't serve much time for it, as the owner of a nearby plantation convinced the judge to let him go early so he'd be available to work the next cotton picking season. Needless to say, R.L.'s seen, heard, and lived his share of the blues. If you spy him before the show, be sure to buy him what is apparently one of his favorite beverages - not a Bloody Mary, but a Bloody, er...MF - Tomato Juice and Old Grandad Whisky.
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