Lightning Red Is One Interesting Guy Calls his Brand Of Blues

As a child, blues guitarist Red used to listen to Count Basie, Jimmy Dorsey, Duk Ellington, and many other big bands playing the military base circuit in Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. After becoming friends with and learning from Luther Allison, he was largely influenced by the sounds of Buddy Guy, Otis Rush, Mike Bloomfield, B. B. and Albert King in and around Chicago. He soon began touring the Midwest and Canada. In 1976 he moved to Austin, Texas, which became this blues guitarist’s home and touring base. In 2010, Lightning Red played at the Rapperswil Blues’n’Jazz festival in Switzerland to a crowd of about 10,000.


Top 5 Songs

Backyard Boogie
Gates of Heaven
Big Time
Big City Blues
Change Is Gonna Come

Top 3 Albums

The Groovemaster
A Long Way Home
Texas Thunder Blues


2008: LIGHTNING RED the groovemaster
2007: GUT BUCKET BLUES – stumpdown acoustic, LZ Love & Lightning Red, (LZ Love/Lightning Red Productions)
2006: a long way home LIGHTNING RED, Groovemaster Records
2005: Singing Gospel In Austin – featuring LZ Love (LZ Phoenix)
Tortured Mind LIGHTNING RED & Thunder Blues, Angelwing Records
Texas Thunder Blues LIGHTNING RED, Heroic Records
Red’s Blues LIGHTNING RED, Heroic Records
East St. Louis LIGHTNING RED, dbRecords
Walkin’ Thru The Park LIGHTNING RED dbRecords
Melting Your Mind ICE (w/ LIGHTNING RED on guitar and vocals), Bonny Records

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