Clarence Edwards

Decades: 1990s


25 March 1933, Linsey, Louisiana, USA, d. 20 May 1993, Scotlandville, Louisiana, USA. Edwards began playing blues guitar at around the age of 12, when he moved to Baton Rouge. In the 50s and 60s, he was working the same local blues circuit as the likes of Lightnin’ Slim, in bands with names such as the Boogie Beats and the Bluebird Kings. His first experience of recording was in a traditional setting, in sessions for folklorist Harry Oster between 1959 and 1961, with his brother Cornelius and violinist James ‘Butch’ Cage. Nine years later, he recorded again, this time with a more contemporary sound, and from the mid-80s, when the blues scene revived with the help of Tabby Thomas’ Blues Box club, he was playing regularly. In 1990, he recorded his first album, a powerful mixture of acoustic and electric sounds in the swamp blues style. After his death an excellent compilation, I Looked Down That Railroad, was released.

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