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Louisiana Red dies at 79; Alabama-born slide guitarist found success in Germany
Louisiana Red dies at 79; Alabama-born slide guitarist found success in Germany

Like so many other blues musicians, slide guitarist Louisiana Red long struggled to make a living in his native country, so in the early 1980s he moved to Germany where, to his delight, he found audiences far more receptive to his elemental sound. He would return to the United States periodically for tours, and in 2009, one of the first things he did after again setting foot on his home turf was to send a copy of his latest album to the country's first African American president, Barack Obama. "Friends of mine played for him back in Chicago, when he was raising funds for schools," Red told the Boston Herald at the time. "I'm gonna write, 'I hope you enjoy...

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