Big Joe Louis & His Blues Kings

Decades: 2000s


Jamaica. Moving to England when he was 12, Jamaican-born Louis did not start playing guitar until he was over 20, having learnt to play music on the clarinet. Living in Kent, Louis played in a duo with guitarist David Purdy while avidly building up his collection of obscure blues records, before moving to London in 1984. After initially performing with harmonica player Shakey Vick, Louis played low-key sets around the capital with various personnel who gradually became known as ‘Big’ Joe Louis And His Band (the ‘Big’ was there simply ‘to get further up the listings’). With a strong live reputation built up over ten years of touring, and some well-received studio sets, Louis and his band (now known as Big Joe Louis And His Blues Kings) are an important force in modern British blues. The current line-up, comprising George Sueref (guitar, harmonica, piano), Brian Nevill (drums) and Matt Radford (bass), recorded 1996’s Big Sixteen,...

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