Clarence Edwards – Baton Rouge Downhome Blues


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“Clarence Edwards: Baton Rouge Downhome Blues” is a CD featuring 16 tracks recorded in the USA. The core musicians are Clarence on guitar and vocals, Steve Coleridge on bass and Ronnie Houston on drums. The tracks feature various local musicians and were recorded in Fort Worth, St. Louis, Edwardsville, and Montgomery, Alabama. The album received positive reviews, with Norman Darwen praising Clarence’s strong and authentic singing. Steve Coleridge partially identified locations and musicians based on his recollections.

Track Listing:
1. Every Night About This Time - 3:43   2. Dealin' From The Bottom Of The Deck - 4:16   3. Crawling King Snake - 4:00   4. All Your Love - 5:53   5. Down Home Blues - 5:44   6. Well, I Don't Got Over It - 3:41   7. Still A Fool - 3:39   8. I'm The One - 4:49   9. Rocky Mountain Blues - 3:40   10. Don't Make Me Pay For His Mistakes - 4:00   11. I Want You To Love Me - 4:19   12. Hoochie Coochie Man - 6:05   13. Everybody Has Their Ups-and-downs - 4:06   14. The Things That I Used To Do - 3:46   15. It's Love Baby (24 Hours A Day) - 4:35   16. Highway 61 Blues - 4:23

Clarence Edwards (vocals, guitar) , Steve Coleridge (bass) , Harmonica Red / John Gradnigo / Oscar Davis (blues harp) , Ronnie Houston (drums)


1. - 2023.05.04 - Great
Born in Louisiana on March 25, 1933, singer and guitar player Clarence Edwards was one of the fourteen children of the Edwards family. When he was twelve years old, they moved to Baton Rouge where he learned to play guitar by listening to old blues records. In the fifties he began to play at local clubs as member of Boogie Beats. His first recordings were published in albums for Folklyric, Arhoolie or Storyville and he also participated in the album “Swamp Blues” produced by Mike Vernon. It was not until 1989 that he was rediscovered by British musician Steve Coleridge, a fervent and passionate Louisiana blues lover who, in 1990, recorded Clarence’s first solo album backed by Henry Gray on piano, Anthony “A.G.” Hardesty on bass, Harmonica Red on harmonica and Pick Delmore on drums.
Between 1990 and 1993 Steve Coleridge recorded Clarence on studio, as well as many of his live shows. The sixteen songs selected for this album were recorded in USA and include Clarence Edwards on vocals and guitar, Steve Coleridge on bass and Ronnie Houston on drums. The details of the live tracks are not very clear, as Edwards used to invite many of the musicians who were listening to him at different clubs to join him on stage to play together and afterwards, he did not remember their names or the places where he had performed with them.
Austrian label Wolf Records publishes these recordings by one of the great artists who developed the real sound of Louisiana swamp blues, which allows us to recover and enjoy the genuine blues performed by one most outstanding sixties and seventies bluesmen, in the path of Lonesome Sundown, Lazy Lester, Whispering Smith or Lightnin’ Slim.

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