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miércoles, 7 de septiembre de 2016

Lazy Lester • All Over You

Leslie Jonhson, conocido como Lazy Lester (Torras, Luisiana, 20 de junio de 1933)2 es un cantante y armonicista de swamp blues, con una trayectoria de más de medio siglo. En sus comienzos colaboró como músico de sesión en algunos trabajos de Slim Harpo, Lightnin' Slim y Katie Webster.
Más allá de su capacidad vocal, Lester probablemente sea recordado como autor de algunos clásicos del género, como: "I'm a Lover Not a Fighter", "I Hear You Knockin", "Sugar-Coated Love" y "Bloodstains on the Wall". Temas suyos han sido interpretados, entre otros, por The Kinks, Freddy Fender, Dwight Yoakam, Dave Edmunds, Raful Neal, Anson Funderburgh y The Fabulous Thunderbirds.
En su vuelta a los escenarios a finales de los años 1980, grabó nuevo material junto a músicos como Mike Buck, Sue Foley, Gene Taylor, Kenny Neal, Lucky Peterson y Jimmie Vaughan.
Actualmente sigue en gira e interpretando sus canciones, recibiendo honores por su condición de ser una leyenda viviente del blues.


Lazy Lester (born Leslie Johnson, June 20, 1933)[1][3] is an American blues musician, who sings, and plays the harmonica and guitar. His career spans the 1950s to the 2010s.
Best known for regional hits recorded with Ernie Young's Nashville, Tennessee based Excello label, Lester also contributed to songs recorded by Excello label-mates including Slim Harpo, Lightnin' Slim, and Katie Webster. His songs have been covered by (among others) The Kinks, The Flamin' Groovies, Freddy Fender, Dwight Yoakam, Dave Edmunds, Raful Neal, Anson Funderburgh, and The Fabulous Thunderbirds. In the comeback stage of his career (since the late 1980s) he has recorded new albums backed by Mike Buck, Sue Foley, Gene Taylor, Kenny Neal, Lucky Peterson, and Jimmie Vaughan.

Review by Cub Koda
The last time Lester released an album was 1988's Harp & Soul on Alligator, an uneven affair. This 1999 effort for Antone's is a vast improvement with producer Derek O'Brien providing linchpin guitar support and fronting a band that includes stellar contributions from Mike Buck on drums and Sarah Brown on bass. Although the intervening years have added a bit of rust to Lester's vocal chops, the added graininess just enhances the performances of old chestnuts like "Strange Things Happening," "If You Think I've Lost You," "Irene," "I'm a Lover, Not a Fighter," "I Need Money," and "The Sun Is Shining." The classic Excello is called on for most of the album but the big surprise comes with two solo performances by Lester, singing and playing guitar on Lightnin' Slim's "Nothing but the Devil" and Lonesome Sundown's "My Home Is a Prison." His most cohesive album since his first for Excello.

01. I need money [0:04:03.66]
02. The sun is shining [0:05:19.49]
03. Strange things happen [0:03:34.84]
04. If you think I've lost you [0:03:45.46]
05. I'm a lover not a fighter [0:03:09.36]
06. Irene [0:03:44.89]
07. You're gonna ruin me baby [0:03:36.54]
08. Nothing but the devil [0:03:10.82]
09. I made up my mind [0:03:56.40]
10. Hello mary lee [0:03:57.30]
11. Tell me pretty baby [0:02:40.06]
12. My home is a prison [0:03:01.96]

Bass – Sarah Brown (tracks: 1 to 6, 7, 9, 10)
Drums – Mike Bucks (tracks: 1 to 7, 9 to 11)
Guitar – Derek O'Brien (tracks: 1 to 7, 9 to 11), Sue Foley (tracks: 1, 2, 5, 10)
Piano – Gene Taylor (tracks: 6)
Harmonica, Guitar, Vocals – Lazy Lester

Release Date: October 6, 1998
Duration: 43:56
Genre: Blues
Styles: Electric Harmonica Blues, Louisiana Blues, Regional Blues, Swamp Blues

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