Legendary Louisiana Bluesman Lil’ Jimmy Reed at The Green Parrot
Leon Atkins, better known as Lil’ Jimmy Reed will appear at The Green Parrot on Sunday, January 17th at 5:30 p.m.
Lil’ Jimmy, is one of the last of a generation of classic blues artists that influenced everyone from The Rolling Stones to The Beatles. His music embodies a raw Louisiana blues tradition that has its roots in the bayous of the Deep South.
Born in the late nineteen-thirties in a shot-gun shack in Hardwood, LA, a small cotton town on a bend in the Mississippi river, Leon grew up near a nightclub where blues stars Slim Harpo and Lightnin’ Slim were frequent visitors. By day he picked cotton and every night he absorbed the sounds of the blues wafting across the street. At six he had his own guitar, made from a cigar box, and by the time he was a teenager he was proficient on both guitar and harmonica, playing local clubs around Baton Rouge. His big break came when the legendary Jimmy Reed failed to make a date at an upscale blues club in Little Rock, Arkansas and Leon got to take his place in the band. He gave a show stopping performance, the crowd loved him, and when, soon after, Jimmy passed away, Leon became Lil’ Jimmy Reed.
Featured in Lil’ Jimmy’s band, is award-winning pianist Bob Hall, widely regarded as the UK’s finest blues and boogie woogie exponent, and one of the founding members of the seminal Births Blues band, Savoy Brown