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Lazy Lester
LAZY LESTER appearing in 41 shows and/or playlists

LAZY LESTER

EPISODES OF AMERICAN ROUTES WITH LAZY LESTER

FROM THE SHOW: LAZY LESTER / RANDY WESTON

Lazy Lester was born Leslie Johnson near Baton Rouge in 1933. He grew up loving country music and the blues, a mix that led to a new sound of "swamp blues" in the 1950s. Lester looks back on his years helping to forge that sound as right-hand man to J.D. Miller, a white studio owner in Crowley, LA, playing guitar, percussion, and harmonica in many sessions for performers like Slim Harpo and Lightenin' Slim.

PONDEROSA STOMP & AMERICANA SWAMP

New Orleans' Ponderosa Stomp has presented the "unsung heroes of American music" for well over a decade in blues, soul, country, rockabilly and garage rock. Stomp impresario Dr. Ike shares his memories of pioneering the raucous, eclectic gathering, and we visit with this year's headliner, R&B guitar-woman-- aka the Black Female Elvis--Barbara Lynn from Beaumont, TX. We'll also hear from previous headliner, Arizona Twangmaster Duane Eddy. We're spinning tracks from Stomp artists including Gary U.S. Bonds, Lazy Lester and Linda Gail Lewis. In Hour 2, we'll hear tunes from swamped areas of the Texas Gulf Coast by Stevie Ray Vaughn, Lightnin' Hopkins, and Rodney Crowell, as the region grapples with water as both a source and destroyer of life as we know it.

RED STICKS AND BLUE NOTES: THE BATON ROUGE BLUES FESTIVAL

This week, American Routes revisits the best live performances from the 2016 Baton Rouge Blues Festival. We'll feature swamp blues, Mississippi Delta blues, hill country blues, and the blues rocked out. Artists include Howlin' Wolf's pianoman Henry Gray, harp player Lazy Lester, Kenny Neal and family, Slim Harpo's right-hand guitar man James "Chicken Scratch" Johnson, songmaker Luke Winslow King, New Orleans soul funkster Walter "Wolfman" Washington and R.L. Burnside's grandson, Kent Burnside. Plus a visit to Teddy's Juke Joint nearby on Highway 61 in Zachary, LA.

RED, WHITE AND BLUES WITH THE 2016 BATON ROUGE BLUES FEST

For Independence Day weekend we'll stomp the blues with live performances from the 2016 Baton Rouge Blues Festival ... featuring swamp blues, Mississippi Delta blues, hill country blues, and the blues rocked out. Artists include Howlin' Wolf's pianoman Henry Gray, harp player Lazy Lester, Kenny Neal and family, Slim Harpo's right-hand guitar man James "Chicken Scratch" Johnson, songmaker Luke Winslow King, New Orleans soul funkster Walter "Wolfman" Washington and R.L. Burnside's grandson, Kent Burnside. Plus a visit to Teddy's Juke Joint nearby on Highway 61 in Zachary, LA. May the Fourth be with you!

LAZY LESTER / RANDY WESTON

American Routes settles back into the groove with the mellow music and words of our guest Lazy Lester: a hardworking bluesman from Louisiana's provincial capitol of Baton Rouge. Then a tour of the world of African and African-American music from Morocco to Brooklyn with jazz pianist Randy Weston. Plus, author Jason Berry on the transformation of New Orleans' Congo Square from a historical trading post to a center for emerging jazz artists.

FROM THE SHOW: PONDEROSA STOMP & AMERICANA SWAMP

From the show "Ponderosa Stomp & Americana Swamp" originally aired on October 4th, 2017

FROM THE SHOW: PONDEROSA STOMP & AMERICANA SWAMP

From the show "Ponderosa Stomp & Americana Swamp" originally aired on October 4th, 2017

FROM THE SHOW: PONDEROSA STOMP & AMERICANA SWAMP

From the show "Ponderosa Stomp & Americana Swamp" originally aired on October 4th, 2017

FROM THE SHOW: RED STICKS AND BLUE NOTES: THE BATON ROUGE BLUES FESTIVAL

From the show "Red Sticks and Blue Notes: The Baton Rouge Blues Festival" originally aired on March 29th, 2017

FROM THE SHOW: RED STICKS AND BLUE NOTES: THE BATON ROUGE BLUES FESTIVAL

From the show "Red Sticks and Blue Notes: The Baton Rouge Blues Festival" originally aired on March 29th, 2017

FROM THE SHOW: RED STICKS AND BLUE NOTES: THE BATON ROUGE BLUES FESTIVAL

From the show "Red Sticks and Blue Notes: The Baton Rouge Blues Festival" originally aired on March 29th, 2017

FROM THE SHOW: RED STICKS AND BLUE NOTES: THE BATON ROUGE BLUES FESTIVAL

From the show "Red Sticks and Blue Notes: The Baton Rouge Blues Festival" originally aired on March 29th, 2017

FROM THE SHOW: RED STICKS AND BLUE NOTES: THE BATON ROUGE BLUES FESTIVAL

From the show "Red Sticks and Blue Notes: The Baton Rouge Blues Festival" originally aired on March 29th, 2017

FROM THE SHOW: PHILLY SOUL FOLKS & LOUISIANA SWAMP POP: JOHN OATES & JOHNNIE ALLAN

From the show "Philly Soul Folks & Louisiana Swamp Pop: John Oates & Johnnie Allan" originally aired on March 22nd, 2017

FROM THE SHOW: RED, WHITE AND BLUES WITH THE 2016 BATON ROUGE BLUES FEST

From the show "Red, White and Blues with the 2016 Baton Rouge Blues Fest" originally aired on June 29th, 2016

FROM THE SHOW: RED, WHITE AND BLUES WITH THE 2016 BATON ROUGE BLUES FEST

From the show "Red, White and Blues with the 2016 Baton Rouge Blues Fest" originally aired on June 29th, 2016

FROM THE SHOW: RED, WHITE AND BLUES WITH THE 2016 BATON ROUGE BLUES FEST

From the show "Red, White and Blues with the 2016 Baton Rouge Blues Fest" originally aired on June 29th, 2016

FROM THE SHOW: RED, WHITE AND BLUES WITH THE 2016 BATON ROUGE BLUES FEST

From the show "Red, White and Blues with the 2016 Baton Rouge Blues Fest" originally aired on June 29th, 2016

FROM THE SHOW: RED, WHITE AND BLUES WITH THE 2016 BATON ROUGE BLUES FEST

From the show "Red, White and Blues with the 2016 Baton Rouge Blues Fest" originally aired on June 29th, 2016

FROM THE SHOW: PHILLY SOUL FOLKS & LOUISIANA SWAMP POP: JOHN OATES & JOHNNIE ALLAN

From the show "Philly Soul Folks & Louisiana Swamp Pop: John Oates & Johnnie Allan" originally aired on February 10th, 2016

FROM THE SHOW: LABOR DAY WITH THE PONDEROSA STOMP

From the show "Labor Day with the Ponderosa Stomp" originally aired on September 2nd, 2015

FROM THE SHOW: PHILLY SOUL FOLKS & LOUISIANA SWAMP POP: JOHN OATES & JOHNNIE ALLAN

From the show "Philly Soul Folks & Louisiana Swamp Pop: John Oates & Johnnie Allan" originally aired on June 24th, 2015

FROM THE SHOW: BLUE EYED SOUL AND SWAMP POP: JOHN OATES AND JOHNNIE ALLAN

From the show "Blue Eyed Soul and Swamp Pop: John Oates and Johnnie Allan" originally aired on December 10th, 2014

FROM THE SHOW: SONNY ROLLINS & BOB FRENCH

From the show "Sonny Rollins & Bob French" originally aired on April 9th, 2014

FROM THE SHOW: PICNIC PARTY MUSIC WITH THE PONDEROSA STOMP

From the show "Picnic Party Music with the Ponderosa Stomp" originally aired on May 25th, 2011

FROM THE SHOW: HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM NEW ORLEANS!

From the show "Happy New Year from New Orleans!" originally aired on December 29th, 2010

FROM THE SHOW: SONNY ROLLINS & BOB FRENCH

From the show "Sonny Rollins & Bob French" originally aired on September 29th, 2010

FROM THE SHOW: JULY 4TH WITH PONDEROSA STOMP, DEL MCCOURY BAND & PRESERVATION HALL JAZZ BAND

From the show "July 4th with Ponderosa Stomp, Del McCoury Band & Preservation Hall Jazz Band" originally aired on June 30th, 2010

FROM THE SHOW: ROUTES MARCH ON: BRASS BANDS & CAJUN YOUTHS

From the show "Routes March On: Brass Bands & Cajun Youths" originally aired on April 28th, 2010

FROM THE SHOW: SONNY ROLLINS & BOB FRENCH

From the show "Sonny Rollins & Bob French" originally aired on October 14th, 2009

FROM THE SHOW: JULY 4TH WITH PONDEROSA STOMP, DEL MCCOURY BAND & PRESERVATION HALL JAZZ BAND

From the show "July 4th with Ponderosa Stomp, Del McCoury Band & Preservation Hall Jazz Band" originally aired on July 1st, 2009

FROM THE SHOW: SONNY ROLLINS AND BOB FRENCH

From the show "Sonny Rollins and Bob French" originally aired on March 18th, 2009

FROM THE SHOW: ROUTES MARCH ON: BRASS BANDS & CAJUN YOUTHS

From the show "Routes March On: Brass Bands & Cajun Youths" originally aired on February 25th, 2009

FROM THE SHOW: LAZY LESTER / RANDY WESTON

From the show "Lazy Lester / Randy Weston" originally aired on October 31st, 2001

FROM THE SHOW: EAST TEXAS / WEST LOUISIANA

From the show "East Texas / West Louisiana" originally aired on November 6th, 2002

FROM THE SHOW: LAZY LESTER / RANDY WESTON

From the show "Lazy Lester / Randy Weston" originally aired on September 18th, 2002

FROM THE SHOW: EAST TEXAS/WEST LOUISIANA

From the show "East Texas/West Louisiana" originally aired on July 9th, 2003

FROM THE SHOW: LAZY LESTER / RANDY WESTON

From the show "Lazy Lester / Randy Weston" originally aired on June 2nd, 2004

FROM THE SHOW: EAST TEXAS/WEST LOUISIANA

From the show "East Texas/West Louisiana" originally aired on October 12th, 2005

FROM THE SHOW: ROUTES MARCH ON: BRASS BANDS & CAJUN YOUTHS

From the show "Routes March On: Brass Bands & Cajun Youths" originally aired on September 26th, 2007

FROM THE SHOW: ROUTES MARCH ON: BRASS BANDS & CAJUN YOUTHS

From the show "Routes March On: Brass Bands & Cajun Youths" originally aired on February 28th, 2007

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