Little Freddie King Messin' Around Tha House
Release Date: 2008
Recording Date: 2007
Label: MadeWright Records
Like pianist Henry Gray, guitarist, singer, and songwriter Little Freddie King enjoys something of a revered senior status in his hometown of New Orleans. He's revered because there aren't that many musicians his age performing as frequently and with such gusto and vigor as he displays.
Now in his seventies, King believes in keeping active, like his octogenarian friend, pianist Henry Gray. King keeps touring, recording, and of course, playing as many gigs as possible each year in the Crescent City. He has a monthly residency gig at BJ's Lounge in the city's lower 9th ward.
During Hurricane Katrina, the spry King simply rode his bike through encroaching flood waters to make his way to safety.
King was born Fred E. Martin in 1940 in McComb, MS, the same town that gave blues lovers Ellis McDaniel, better known as Bo Diddley, and Omar Kent Dykes. King grew up playing guitar alongside his guitar-playing father, Jesse James Martin, who showed him his first few chords.
In the mid-'50s, King he took the train to New Orleans where he met up with and learned from the likes of Polka Dot Slim and "Boogie Bill" Webb, and also shared stages and time with John Lee Hooker and Bo Diddley. He also played bass for Freddie King, the Texas guitar wizard. People talked about and compared their guitar styles, and some said they sounded very similar, so Martin became Little Freddie King. King's cousin was another pioneer acoustic and electric bluesman, Lightnin' Hopkins.
1. Messin' Around Tha House (5:01)
2. Can't Do Nothing Babe (5:12)
3. Dig Me A Hole (3:14)
4. Goin Out Da Mountain (6:37)
5. Sad Sad News (3:05)
6. The Things I Use To Do (5:27)
7. Kinghead Shuffle (5:27)
8. Bad News (7:09)
9. Goin' Upstairs (5:15)
10. Washerteria Woman (9:16)
Little Freddie King - lead guitar, vocal
"Wacko" Wade Wright - drums
Anthony "Skeet" Anderson - bass
Bobby Lewis Ditullio - harmonica