- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 687 KB
- Print Length: 70 pages
- Publisher: The New New South (13 Dec. 2013)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00HB848H0
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #730,617 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Last note: At the risk of inciting the wrath of the Amazon gods, you may be better off purchasing the multimedia version – that way you can listen to Freddie while you read about him.
What I love about Barry Yeoman's writing is that it doesn't matter what the subject is (nor how dark it is), what my knowledge level of the subject is, what kind of mood I'm in when I start to read it: I leave Barry's writing feeling enlightened. The Gutbucket King is no exception, with its deep reporting, historical perspective, and heart.
This is a profile of country bluesman Little Freddie King, who left McComb, Mississippi as a teen-aged boy for the bright lights of New Orleans; it traces his difficult and disorderly, but ultimately triumphant, life as a working musician in the South during a time of great cultural and social upheaval.
Interviews with other New Orleans musicians and luminaries add context and detail, but the bulk of this story is reported straight from the source, Mr. King.
Highly recommended for music lovers (especially blues fans!), but also for lovers of thoughtful, long-form journalism. Little Freddie King isn't the kind of musician who gets this kind of profile, normally, and that's an awful shame; this story makes me wonder about all the other fascinating biographies that must be out there.
I have wondered what his story is and I am glad that this brief bio has been written. Some of it was expected, much of his story was not.
Anyone who is curious about a blues life should read this story, told in a straightforward manner and with the respect due to the story given to the author.
See you in a few weeks at French Quarter Festival, Freddie!