Little Freddie King
Little Freddie King taught himself how to play guitar and developed a country style of blues he calls "Gut Bucket Blues." At age 17, Freddie moved to New Orleans and eventually became a charter member of and an annual attraction at the New Orleans Jazz Festival. In 1976 he toured Europe with Bo Diddley, Texas Alexander and John Lee Hooker, but his most amazing gig occurred in 1981, when he embarked on a six-month tour of the western states, where he hosted workshops on the blues. His 1970 recording titled Harmonica Williams and Little Freddie King is believed to be the first electric blues album recorded in New Orleans.

When we heard Little Freddie had lost his Gibson guitar in Hurricane Katrina, we harnessed the We Got Your Back: NYC for NOLA alliance and got a free Gibson Lucille (bright red!) donated so generously from Gibson Guitars.

Who's Next?

Kirk Joseph
We are currently mobilizing the We Got Your Back: NYC for NOLA community to find Kirk Joseph a donated replacement for his sousaphone, which was lost in the storm.

Kirk Joseph has earned his seat at the table of New Orleans' greatest musicians. During his long tenure with the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Joseph developed his innovative approach to the sousaphone, going beyond the instrument's perceived limits with a rich musical vocabulary.

In between performances and recording sessions with Anders Osborne and a host of other locally, nationally, and internationally known artists, Joseph began working on his own material in collaboration with some of New Orleans' most talented musicians. The result was the Backyard Groove, an assemblage featuring Kevin O'Day on drums, Chris Mule and Hiro Mano on guitar, "Sheik" Rasheed Akbar and Eric Traub on saxophone, Raymond Anthony Williams on trumpet plus a variety of special guests.

You can help: log on to to share contacts and ideas and to get updates about the progress of this instrument search and others. And BUY T-SHIRTS. If we are not able to find a donated instrument for Kirk Joseph, we will use the proceeds to buy him (and other artists in need) a new or used replacement.


[Published on: 10/4/05]

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