|Paul "Lil' Buck" Sinegal|
Other artists joining in the fun are New Orleans bluesman Little Freddie King, whose "Can't Do Nothing Babe," mixes the best of the Crescent City with the Mississippi Delta, 85-year-old Henry Gray (former piano man for Howlin' Wolf), who reprises a song he previously recorded in the late 50's ("How Could You Do It") and the timely "Times Are Getting Hard," and Dwayne Dopsie, son of the late Rockin' Dopsie, who performs the outstanding Zydeco track, "Traveling Man," with his band, the Zydeco Hellraisers.
Chicago resident and harmonica player Omar Coleman also chips in, with help from Billy Flynn on guitar, Kenny "Beedy Eyes" Smith on drums, and Bob Stroger on bass. The Windy City quartet tears through Slim Harpo's standard, "Scratch My Back," and Lightnin' Hopkins' "Mojo Hand," like they've been in Louisiana all their lives. Kenny Smith also served as co-producer for the disc, along with Dr. Paul McCarthy, founder of the NLBSCIF.
The foundation held a fundraiser last Friday (November 19) in Shreveport, LA, with Flett, Egan, Fran, and Lee Allen Zeno appearing, and took in about $13,000. Be on the lookout for another fundraising event in 2011.
|Carol Fran and David Egan perform at the Nov. 19 NLBSCIF Fundraiser in Shreveport|