RIP Louisiana Red

Louisiana Red in the early 70s

We’re sad to report the passing of blues musician Iverson Minter AKA Louisiana Red (23rd March 1932 – 25th February 2012), aged 79.

Obits: The Guardian, Los Angeles Times

A tribute from blues harp player Bob Corritore: “It is with a heavy heart that we report the passing of one of the greatest and most beloved traditional blues artists. Louisiana Red died on February 25th in a hospital in Germany. He was 79. Louisiana Red was a powerful downhome blues artist who could channel his teachers (among them Muddy Waters, Elmore James, Robert Nighthawk, Lightnin’ Hopkins and John Lee Hooker) into his own heartfelt musical conversation, delivered with such moving passion and honesty that it would leave his audiences indelibly touched. He was a fine singer with a distinctive voice, and an amazing guitarist who could play all of the traditional blues styles and excelled as one of the world’s greatest slide guitarists. He could create moods and textures, both musically and spiritually, and had the ability of falling so deep into his own songs that he would go to tears, making his audience cry with him. That was the gift of this great artist.

“It is sad to say goodbye to the loving persona of this great bluesman who’s music warmed our hearts. Louisiana Red’s vulnerability became his strength and he filled his heart with an unstoppable passion for music and acceptance. His legacy is great and his friendships are many. He can now rest in peace after a lifetime of giving us everything he had through his amazing blues. God bless you Red.”

Louisiana Red‘s most recent album Memphis Mojo (Ruf Records 2011) received rave reviews from Dave Peabody, Paul Pace and Pete Feenstra on our blues podcast back in November 2011, listen again HERE.