Publisher: Pelican Publishing Company
This intensely personal and entertaining account is a snapshot of Blues from an outsider welcomed into the inner circles of Southern Blues icons. Englishman Julian C. Piper spent a year abroad at Louisiana State University and played blues primarily at the Blues Box in Baton Rouge. There he met many of the musicians with whom he conducted interviews between 1987 and 1988. Those interviews form the basis of this book. Through his close friendship with Blues Box owner Tabby Thomas and his son Chris, Piper talked with blues luminaries including Silas Hogan, Arthur “Guitar” Kelly, Robert Pete Williams, Huddie “Leadbelly” Ledbetter, Lonesome Sundown, Chris Thomas King, Lightnin’ Slim (featured on the cover), Slim Harpo, Bruce “Neckbone” Lamb, Raful Neal, Kenny Ray Neal, Lazy Lester, and many more.