Lazy Lester
Americanblues harmonica player
Lazy Lester
Lazy Lester is an American blues harmonica player, whose career spans the 1950s to the 2000s. 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.
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Asda welfare cards to be given to Birmingham's poor
Guardian (UK) - almost 4 years
Supermarket teams up with council to give out 'crisis welfare payments' to neediest residents in form of prepaid cards Asda has joined the UK's biggest local authority to provide emergency welfare to some of the country's poorest people. Birmingham council, which represents around 1 million people, said that from 1 April Monday it would give out crisis welfare payments in the form of prepaid cards that could be redeemed only in Asda supermarkets. The Labour authority said the cards – which Asda said were similar to their gift cards – would restrict spending to a list of predetermined goods, which would exclude tobacco, alcohol, phone-related expenditure and fuel. As part of welfare changes in April, local authorities will take over running the non-statutory emergency welfare loans and grants known as the social fund, which are meant to help people deal with crises such as leaking roofs, broken boilers and lack of food. After the Department for Work and Pensions said it would no l ...
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Zydeco Ziggie & Oz entertain at AnnArbor.com's patio concert series - AnnArbor.com
Google News - over 5 years
A multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter, Ziggie is a seasoned performer and has shared the stage with the likes of Lazy Lester and Buckwheat Zydeco. AnnArbor.com's Summer Concert Series continues at noon each Friday through Sept. 9
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Allen Toussaint, William Bell, Lazy Lester Set for Ponderosa Stomp - jambands.com
Google News - over 5 years
This year's lineup includes Allen Toussaint, William Bell, Big Jay McNeely, Eddie Floyd, Lady Bo, Sir Mack Rice, Lazy Lester, Dave Bartholomew and many more. Ponderosa Stomp founder Dr. Ira Padnos prides himself in finding performers that have been
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BG & The Mojo Hands Duo Take the Stage at Clare & Don's - Patch.com
Google News - over 5 years
There are so many – the Delta blues musicians mentioned earlier, Earl Hooker, Guitar Slim, Junior Watson, the Kings of Blues (BB, Albert, Freddy), Elmore James, Ronnie Earl, Hollywood Fats, Slim Harpo, Lazy Lester, Bobby Radcliff, Django Reinhardt,
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Ponderosa Stomp on Sale, on the Road - OffBeat Magazine
Google News - over 5 years
This year's festival will pay tribute to the great New Orleans producer Cosimo Matassa, along with Stax and Excello Records, and will include Allen Toussaint, William Bell, Big Jay McNeely, Eddie Floyd, Lady Bo, Sir Mack Rice, Lazy Lester,
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Organisers announce line-up of Theatre of Blues Festival - shropshirelive.com (press release)
Google News - over 5 years
He has accompanied over 25 US blues/gospel artists including; Lazy Lester, RL Burnside, Big Jack Johnson, Homesick James, Carey Bell, Rev Charlie Jackson, Roosevelt ''Booba'' Barnes, Louisiana Red, Big Bad Smitty and Big Lucky Carter
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Buddy Guy - Garlic Festival, Delray Beach - AgoravoxTv
Google News - over 5 years
Dès lors, il s'entraîne avec assiduité et se donne rapidement en concert à Bâton-Rouge avec les bluesmen locaux comme le Big Poppa John Tilley Band, Lightnin' Slim, Guitar Slim, Slim Harpo ou Lazy Lester. Mais Buddy sait déjà que son avenir n'est pas
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JazzFest marks 20th anniversary with new sounds, returning bands (video) - Sioux Falls Argus Leader
Google News - over 5 years
As a kid, he started playing harmonica, listing his influences as including Little Walter, George "Harmonica" Smith, Lazy Lester and James Cotton. He recently played a show with Cotton. Wilson spent so much time with Muddy Waters, he says the late
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Kenny Neal - San Jose Mercury News
Google News - over 5 years
Family friends like Lazy Lester, Buddy Guy and Slim Harpo also contributed to Kenny's early musical education. In fact, it was Harpo who gave the crying three-year-old a harmonica to pacify him. Kenny stopped crying that day, and eventually learned to
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Sourdough Slim hears happiness in cowboy songs - Sacramento Bee
Google News - over 5 years
In addition to Hummel, the lineup includes the legendary Lazy Lester, Andy Santana and Magic Dick (of the J. Geils Band). Among the backing musicians will be guitarist Charlie Baty, a former harmonica player himself, who switched off the instrument
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Entertainment calendar -- Published July 7, 2011 - Stockton Record
Google News - over 5 years
Lozano's Pacific Avenue Grill: Mark Hummel's Blues Harmonica Blowout with the Blues Survivors, Magic Dick, Lazy Lester, Little Charlie Baty, 8 pm today. $25; karaoke, 7 pm Tues. 6124 Pacific Ave. (209) 474-8474. Matinee Bar and Grill: Open mic,
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Review: Paul Garner Band at Alexander's in Chester - Flintshire Chronicle
Google News - over 5 years
The New Zealand-born Paul Garner is one of the capital's most in-demand players, having recently recorded with blues legend Lazy Lester and gigs regularly with British harmonica ace Steve 'West' Weston, and has stints under his belt with The Cadillac
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Tenth Ponderosa Stomp slated for September at Howlin' Wolf - NOLA.com
Google News - over 5 years
The two-night roster includes a tribute to legendary New Orleans recording engineer Cosimo Matassa, Allen Toussaint, Dave Bartholomew, Lazy Lester, Frankie Ford, Clarence “Frogman” Henry, Little Leo, Roy “Boogie Boy” Perkins, Bobby Allen, Jivin' Gene,
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Ponderosa Stomp 2011 Details - antiMUSIC.com
Google News - over 5 years
... Stax Records, Excello Records and Southern music with Allen Toussaint, William Bell, Big Jay McNeely, Eddie Floyd, Lady Bo, Sir Mack Rice, Lazy Lester, Dave Bartholomew, The Bo-Keys w/ Skip Pitts and Howard Grimes, Carol Fran, Classie Ballou,
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Ponderosa Stomp Eyes 10th Year - Pollstar (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
As in past years, the music festival will present a stellar lineup of American Music with the 10th anniversary featuring performances by Allen Toussaint, William Bell, Big Jay McNeely, Eddie Floyd, Lady Bo, Sir Mack Rice, Lazy Lester, Dave Bartholomew,
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Stasera al Ke Nako atmosfere Blues - Online-News
Google News - almost 6 years
Durante la sua lunga carriera ha avuto modo di esibirsi, oltre che negli USA, anche in tutta Europa suonando con alcuni dei più conosciuti bluesman: E' stato più volte in tour con RL Burnside, Lazy Lester, Big Jack Johnson, Big Boy Henry, Louisiana Red
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Gator by The Bay: San Diego gathers to indulge in Cajun festivities - San Diego Entertainer Magazine
Google News - almost 6 years
The five stages hosted many talented performers including Horace Trahan & the Ossun Express, Grammy-nominated Maria Muldaur, and blues legends Elvin Bishop and Lazy Lester Johnson, however, the real star of the festival was definitely the Cajun cuisine
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Lazy Lester
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2003
    Age 69
    In 2003, Martin Scorsese included Lester in his blues tribute concert at Radio City Music Hall, a record of which was released as the film and album Lightning in a Bottle.
    More Details Hide Details The group photograph inside the album depicted Lester grinning, dead-center among peers and musical progeny including B.B. King, Solomon Burke, Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, Buddy Guy, Levon Helm, Chuck D, The Neville Brothers, Dr. John, John Fogerty, and Aerosmith. Lester currently lives in Paradise, California with his girlfriend.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1971
    Age 37
    In 1971, Fred Reif set up a Lightnin' Slim concert at the University of Chicago Folk Festival, and Lester was brought up from Louisiana to accompany Slim.
    More Details Hide Details A few weeks after that performance, Lester was back in Louisiana. Years later Reif and Lester were both in Michigan, from where Reif orchestrated a comeback. Lester recorded and played around the United States and abroad, backed by blues bands including, frequently, Loaded Dice. Lester's recordings in this period are on blues labels Alligator and Telarc, alongside releases in Europe. If disenchanted, Lester retained his harmonica, guitar, and vocal talents (the songwriting that had been muse to The Kinks and Dwight Yoakam having dried up long before). In September 2002, a Lifetime Achievement Award was awarded by the Boston Blues Society.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1957
    Age 23
    When Guy left for Chicago, in 1957, Lester replaced him, on guitar, in a local band - even though Lester, at the time, did not own such a musical instrument.
    More Details Hide Details Lester's career took off when he found a seat next to Lightnin' Slim on a bus transporting Slim to an Excello recording session. At the studio, the scheduled harmonica player did not appear. Slim and Lester spent the afternoon unsuccessfully trying to find him, when Lester volunteered that he could play the harmonica. Lester's work on that first Lightnin' Slim session led the producer, Jay Miller, to record Lester's solo and also to use him as a multi-instrumentalist on percussion, guitar, bass, and harmonica on sessions headlined by other Miller-produced artists including, notably, Slim Harpo. "Percussion" on these sessions went beyond the traditional drum kit, and included a rolled-up newspaper on a cardboard box. Miller dubbed Lester "Lazy Lester" because of his laconic, laid-back style. More than his vocal delivery, Lester is best remembered for songs that were later covered by a wide range of rock, country, blues, and Tex-Mex stars, chiefly, "I'm a Lover Not a Fighter," "I Hear You Knockin'," and "Sugar Coated Love."
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1933
    Born
    Born on June 20, 1933.
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