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Lonnie Brooks

Even after 40 years away from his Louisiana home, Lonnie Brooks' music is still instilled with the funky, swampy bayou rhythms of Opelousas and Lafayette, and his lyrics often speak of black cat bones and mojo hands. But along the road from Louisiana to Chicago, he's combined the swing of Texas, the soul of Memphis and the pure power of Chicago blues into a musical gumbo that is all his own. Lee Baker, Jr. was just a young laborer in Port Arthur when Clifton Chenier spotted him playing guitar on his porch and drafted him into the Red Hot Louisiana Band. Soon after, under the name "Guitar Junior", he burst onto the scene as a rock 'n' roll star, cutting a string of Gulf Coast hits like "Family Rules" , "The Crawl", and "Roll, Roll, Roll" for the famed Goldband label. In 1959 he befriended the Legendary Sam Cooke on a caravan tour of the south, wrote a couple of tunes together, then hitched a ride with him back to Chicago to live with Sam’s mom and brother


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