50 Years of Blues “CD of the month”

King Edward’s 50 Years Of Blues was just reviewed as “CD of the month” in the latest issue of Blues & Rhythm magazine, in the U.K.

A great review written by Mike Stephenson stating: “What you will hear on this release is a no nonsense, straight-ahead blues without excess or extended soloing, and King’s succinct and stinging, subtle guitar lines.”

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50 Years of Blues is available on CDBaby, iTunes and Amazon.

King Edward spins on Blues 411

It’s King Edward Antoine getting the featured spin, prior was Gaye Adegbalola, & Jeff Jensen. […] They are all from the ‘Fresh Bytes’ segment of our daily shows.

Blues 411 featured King Edward‘s Bring Your Pretty Self Home, a song from his just-released 50 Years of Blues CD.

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50 Years of Blues is available on CDBaby, iTunes and Amazon.

“Edward is ‘King’ of 50 Years of Blues”

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A musical retrospective is akin to an artist presenting a Lifetime Achievement Award to himself or herself. It’s not meant to be boastful – rather, reflective and introspective. Living for fifty years is a notable feat, but performing for fifty years is a whole different ballgame.

“King” Edward Memphis Antoine was born in Rayne, Louisiana, in 1937 to a Cajun-speaking family. According to the “About” section of his promotional website via Hit the Road Entertainment, “Yes, you can ask him to speak French, and he will love doing so!” He taught himself to play the guitar, but his famous cousin Clifton Chenier taught him how to play Zydeco.

Edward later moved to Portland, Oregon, and the Windy City, where he played with almost everybody who’s anybody in the blues – among them Magic Slim, Magic Sam, Junior Wells, Earl Hooker, Junior Wells, Tyrone Davis, and Buddy Guy. When life brought him to Jackson, Mississippi, where he still lives today, he became a legend all over the state. King Edward played at the Subway Lounge, Queen of Hearts, and Ace Records clubs every week for years. That’s why Robert Mugge featured him in his documentary Last of the Mississippi Jukes. With such a rich history, one can truly say King Edward lived the blues, and didn’t just play them.

50 Years of Blues contains several King Edward originals, which he either wrote or co-wrote. Popular covers are also featured, such as Bo Diddley’s “You Don’t Love Me”, Guitar Slim’s “The Things I Used to Do”, Lightnin’ Hopkins’ “Mr. Charlie”, and “Today I Started Loving You Again” by Merle Haggard and Bonnie Owens. Musically, his guitar sings and tells stories just as much as he does. His vocals are dry and nonchalant, not quite slipping into talk-singing. No one could accuse him of being “emo”, as the adolescent term goes for moody people.

Guitarist and vocalist King Edward credits Oteil Burbridge, Marco Giovino, and Doug Lancio in the CD liner notes as his accompanists. However, the liner notes don’t reveal who plays what. He also gives thanks to Peggy R. Brown and Nolan Struck, who co-wrote many of the songs on this album. The following original tunes are tops:

Track 03: “King of the Castle” – This sizzling instrumental was recently played on the Friends of the Blues radio show, nationally syndicated through the African American Public Radio Consortium. With a bouncy beat irresistible on any dance floor, it shows just how well King Edward plays guitar.

Track 09: “My Nerve’s Gone Bad” – Written by Nolan Struck, the guitar refrain here quivers like a mind on the edge of a breakdown. “Nerve’s gone bad again. Look how I talk when I walk the street. Got a real pretty woman; I haven’t been myself since I lost my peace.”

Track 11: “You’ve Been Cheatin’” – The final track features crisp instrumentation, blues “comfort food.” “Please don’t come knocking on my door, ‘cause I’m not in love with you anymore,” sings Edward matter-of-factly.

Edward is “King” of 50 Years of Blues!

By Rainey Wetnight, in the January 3rd, 2016, issue of Blues Blast Magazine.

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50 Years of Blues is available on CDBaby, iTunes and Amazon.

 

King Edward recalls Johnny Hi-Fi

Johnny Hi-Fi was booking big acts like Al Green and Stevie Wonder before he had become big and Johnny had the connections with Mowtown, that’s how big he was.
— King Edward

Not much has been documented on Johnny Hi-Fi who started out playing guitar, moved to bass and then began booking bands as well as starting a recording company.

Somebody remembers him well though: King Edward, who knew Johnny Hi-Fi in their home state of Louisiana, who later played with him in a band in Texas. King Edward also recalls how they both moved to Chicago and played in several groups together. King lost touch with Johnny for about 10 years and learned of Johnny’s death in 2011.

Mike Stephenson talked with King about Johnny Hi-Fi in June 2015 in Jackson, Mississippi, for Blues & Rhythm magazine published in the UK. The interview was published in the Christmas 2015 Issue, #305.

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Definitely a good read about Chicago blues history in the late ’60’s and early ’70’s!

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King Edward on French playlist

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King Edward was featured on November 2 and 10, and December 1st, with My Nerve’s Gone BadMr Charlie, and The Things That I Used To Do, three songs from his just released 50 Years of Blueson the Closing Time playlist, a French radio show broadcasted every Saturday at 3 PM and rerun on Tuesdays at 11 PM.

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50 Years of Blues, released by Hit The Road Records, is available on CDBaby, iTunes and Amazon.

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