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May 6, 2008

Chicago Blues Singer Lou Pride in Calgary

Written by
cindy mcleod

live blues, Calgary

Lou Pride

Lou Pride
Friday, May 9
Shamrock Hotel, Calgary

Singer Known as the Embodiment of Southern Soul Music

Chicago blues, gospel and soul singer Lou Pride performs in Calgary for one night only at the Shamrock Hotel on Friday, May 9th.

The concert, presented by local blues supporter Gerry Garvey and the Calgary Blues Music Association, is in advance of the artist’s upcoming performance at the 2008 Calgary International Blues Festival stage in August.

Pride’s classic voice has been said to serve as a Southern soul paradigm, embodying the greatness of Bobby “Blue” Bland, Z. Z. Hill, Bobby Rush, Little Milton, Johnny, and Johnnie Taylor.

Born May 24, 1950 in Chicago, Lou Pride grew up on the north side of the Windy City, where he attended and sang gospel at the First Baptist Church, where the pastor was the Reverend E.J. Cole (father of Nat King Cole). It was after seeing BB King live in concert that he was inspired to sing the blues.

Pride spent two years performing for troops in Germany with ‘The Karls’ before returning home to form a duet with a female singer who went by the initials JLC. The pair had a Sam & Dave-type act and got along so well they married, settling in El Paso, TX.

During the early 70’s Pride cut the acclaimed singles I’m Comin’ Home in the Morn’n and I’m Not Thru With You (Seumi Records) as well as Look Out on Love, We’re Only Fooling Ourselves, You’ve Got to Work for Love and Been Such a Long Time.

1979 saw the release of Pride’s first full length album, Gone Bad For Very Special Reason, on Black Gold Records (reissued in 1988).

Returning to Chicago, he was introduced to soul giant Curtis Mayfield, with whom he cut Gone Bad Again (1990) for the Curtom label. Following the acclaimed release came Love at Last (WMB, 1996), Twisting the Knife (Ichiban Records, 1997) and I Won’t Give Up (Ice House Records, 2000). Signing to Severn Records, he’s since released Words of Caution,/I> (2002), The Memphis/El Paso Sessions 1970-2003 (2003) and Keep On Believing (2005).

for more info visit www.bluescritic.com/loupride.htm

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