|Tags:||blues louisiana blues piano jazz blues rock|
|Decades:||1970s 1980s 1990s|
Kathryn Jewel Thorne, 9 January 1939, Houston, Texas, USA, 5 September 1999, League City, Texas, USA. Webster learned to play the piano as a child, playing hymn tunes when her mother was within earshot and Fats Domino and Chuck Berry tunes when she was not. She developed, in her words, A funky left hand and a rollin right, which talent led to her becoming house pianist at Jay Millers studio in Crowley, Louisiana, from 1959-66. During that period, she backed Excello Records swamp blues artists such as Lazy Lester, Lonesome Sundown and Lightnin Slim. She also recorded under her own name, or with billing shared with Ashton Conroy (Ashton Savoy). These recordings showed her to be a versatile performer, covering tough, down-home blues, rocking R&B, soul and pop ballads, and revealed a sweet, but sassy voice. She played with Otis Reddings touring band from the mid-60s until his death in 1967, after which her career took a...