||Blues - Big Joe
Big Joe Louis is a big name in British Blues, a fine singer
and guitarist who has got a great band around him and has toured
all over the world, playing down-home 50’s Chicago-style
blues with a little touch of early Memphis rock ‘n’
roll. Big Joe is a big character with a fine voice and an interesting
taste in shirts who was born in the Caribbean; he often pines
for his home country in mostly self-penned songs like Down Jamaica
A few press cuttings suggest that the Pelham Arms have bagged
a real coup in getting Big Joe down to Lewes. “I’ve
lost my head over the blues talent of Big Joe Louis & His
Blues Kings… the very best you will hear on this planet,”
raved US mag Blue Suede News when Joe and his band toured the
States a couple of years ago. Back home it’s much the
same. “Their performance was equal - if not superior -
to anything their US counterparts have produced. The ensemble
textures were authentically rich, the rhythm section uplifting
and the solos - vocal and instrumental – impassioned,”
gushed the Manchester Evening News. "Judging by the way
they sound here, any forthcoming dates should be copiously attended.
Go in your thousands, every one of you!" said Folk Roots,
enigmatically. Lewes is rising fast as a premiere Blues destination.
How long till we host an annual Blues festival?
Slide show: Big Joe (foreground) with Little George Sueref