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Little Freddie King, One Of The Last Bluesmen Of His Generation, Releases New Album 'Blues Medicine'

One of the last bluesmen of his generation, the unstoppable Little Freddie King (aka Dr. Bones) has certainly paid his dues. The past 82 years he has survived three shootings, stabbings, a near fatal bike accident that pressed his spine, a stomach ulcer doctors believed would kill him, an accidental electrocution, the hurricane that ripped New Orleans apart in 2005, and now a pandemic. On his voice you can feel the trials of life. The music inside is the dose of Blues Medicine that kept him going. King is a country-style blues musician, links to an era when live music poured from the back-of-town nightclubs that were ubiquitous throughout New Orleans’ African American neighborhoods, fostering a musical subculture of downhome Mississippi blues that developed from the ground up in New Orleans. Artist who is among the last of his kind. This album proves it.

Freddie Martin, better known as blues guitarist Little Freddie King, is an under recognized giant of country-style blues. In a town filled with funk, R&B and jazz, Little Freddie King is a living link to the rough Delta style that is rare in the Crescent City. The 82-year-old King moved to New Orleans from McComb, Miss. to live with his sister. He hoboed a freight train at fourteen and headed for New Orleans looking for work and seeking his musical interest. Little Freddie found his way upriver to a little community known as Shrewsbury – a black area of town with juke joints lining both sides the street. There he met and performed with legendary musicians like Polka Dot Slim, Boogie Bill Webb, Jimmy Reed, Slim Harpo and Harmonica Williams. Freddie took a job as a longshoreman working alongside his buddy – Slim Harpo. He found steady music gigs in a variety of different taverns, such as the Horseshoe Lounge, The Stereo Lounge and Crockett’s Bar, and the Dew-Drop Inn.


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