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Linsey Alexander – Live at Rosa’s

Linsey Alexander is a classic Chicago Bluesman and has been a fixture in the blues scene since he arrived in 1963. He was born on July 23rd, 1942 in Holly Springs, Mississippi. Linsey learned to play the guitar at an early age of 12 when he had moved with his mom and sister to Memphis. Linsey has played with some of the most well-known, legendary bluesman in history. Musicians like B.B. King, Magic Slim and even Mr. Buddy Guy himself to name a few. His playing is straight forward and to the point, he turns his amps up and lets it fly. He is serious about the music. He has a great time at
each show, making sure everyone is entertained.

I was introduced to Linsey several years ago, by Buddy Guy’s guitarist Ric Hall at The Kingston Mines. It was a cold winter night, and Linsey was on fire. Linsey was walking thru the crowd, stopping at each table to sing to all the ladies. Keep an eye on your women when you’re at one of his shows. The Hoochie man knows how to work the room, and I can tell you everybody loves it. Linsey is one of hardest working Bluesmen. You can catch him playing almost seven nights a week. Whether he’s headlining at a local blues club, or doing an acoustic set somewhere, you’re sure to catch
him live around town.

Linsey was in rare form for this recording and ready to deliver the goods. The opener “Please Love Me”, is a cover of a B.B. King song and has some killer keyboard action on it. “My Days Are So Long” is an original from his 2006 album of the same name. Freddie King’s “Have You Ever Loved A Woman” is a stone-cold killer blues piece filled with some beautiful guitar work. Linsey’s vocals and guitar playing are spot on. “I Got A Woman” is another original by Linsey from his album Come Back Baby. It’s a funky cool groove that will get you up on the dance floor for sure. Another Linsey
original “Goin’ Out Walking” has a Texas Boogie vibe to it. Latimore’s “Somethin’ ‘Bout ‘Cha” has a slower blues classic sound to it. Linsey’s vocals are on point here, and the song has an old school feel to it. From the opening riff to the classic hook “Snowing In Chicago” is one of my personal favorites. Junior Wells’ “Ships On The Ocean” is Chicago Blues at its finest. Linsey told me he got the riff for “Going Back To My Old Time Used To Be” from his son Nick Alexander, who is also a very accomplished guitar player in his own right. The fruit didn’t fall far from the tree.

Continuing the Delmark legacy of great live recordings, this album will give Linsey the respect he so richly deserves as an artist and mentor to many younger musicians. DJ Mighty Quinn, Buddy Guy Radio

Tracklisting:

  1. Please Love Me (4:51)
  2. My Days Are So Long (3:16)
  3. Have You Ever Loved A Woman (8:48)
  4. I Got A Woman (5:35)
  5. Goin’ Out Walkin’ (4:38)
  6. Somethin’ ‘Bout ‘Cha (5:37)
  7. Snowing In Chicago (4:40)
  8. Ships On The Ocean (8:35)
  9. Going Back To My Old Time Used To Be (5:03)

Band members:

  • Linsey Alexander: vocals, guitar
  • Sergei Androshin: guitar
  • Roosevelt Purifoy: keyboards
  • Ron Simmons: bass
  • “Big Ray” Stewart: drums

Label: Delmark

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