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Lightning Red demonstrated his guitar mastery with a series of scintillating solos ….an excellent evening's entertainment…
Lightning Red is a superb guitarist and a talented songwriter.

                  - Lionel Ross, Blueprint Magazine, UK

Red is tall with an impressive persona, stage presence,
guitar style
... His praises have been written by prestigious Blues magazines and noteworthy music critics…

[after repeated encores] people reluctantly
left happy, sweaty and tired having enjoyed
a full rounded body of blues music Lightning Red style.

                                   - Sweet Lizzy D, Strange Pleasures Magazine, UK

The shuffles and grooves from the guitar of Lightning Red and his raw way of singing the blues, combined with the moving gospel and blues vocals from LZ Love and the joyous harp playing of Sonnyboy are creating a unique ‘Blues Family’ sound. You’d better be there in 2012 when they are coming back to perform several shows in Europe.

- Rootstime, Belgium

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Lightnin’Red’s Blues Family. Very traditional album, yet very strong emotionally, and well performed. It gets to you once you get over this ‘Who needs another classic blues album’ attitude. Very good band, LZ is a strong, emotional singer. Loved it, especially the acoustic tracks at the end – Blues performances hardly get better!

- Home Of Rock, Germany

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Blues Family – International Blues Family

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I placed the cd in its drawer, jumped around from song to song, and was caught by the fat sound and variety of this particular group. I was caught by the atmosphere, by the sound quality and by the natural effort of the musicians. I had never before heard of this group, but this is of high quality.
Very high class!
A group that in fact is formed around Lighting Red. The quantity [guitarist] from Austin Texas. LZ Love and Lightnin' Red had the idea to do [a tour] opgevat in Europe. Musical accompaniments were needed and they found musicians from Germany and Kroatië [to back them up]. That’s why they call this CD International Blues Family. This group of musicians then made a recording, and the result of this is now in my cd-player.
LZ Love is originaly a gospel singer who has played with that with Luther Vandross and Joan Armatrading. She has also sung on albums by Michael Franti & Spearhead and Tommy Castro. She also released the albums "My Higher Ground" and "Mysterious" in 2006 & 2010.
Lightning Red is a legendary blues guitarist from Austin, Texas who has released a number of known blues albums that have been heard all over the earth [in this genre have joined in]. He is a protégé and a discovery of Luther Allison. The musicians from Europe were found after onlya short tour and the group came together relatively quickly. They are the excellent mondharmonicaspeler Sonnyboy, the 18 year old bassiste Nerea Rudic and drummer-percussionist Tom Diewock.
The shuffles and grooves from the guitar of Lightning Red fly around your ears on the fourteen tracks that this albums decorate and the aged bluesy song of LZ Red is for me a great discovery, blows see to while Sonnyboy self the lungs from the body on its mondharmonica and Tom Diewock and Nerea Rudic for an excellent rhythm section by all this tracks.
Lightning Red sings with his raw bluesstem on a number of numbers as "Don' t Have To Worry", "Got The Power", "Hard To Have The Blues", the mud fat "Devil In You" and "Shoulda Listened". Already I want to say that the voice of LZ is certainly does not take a back seat to that of Lightning Red In the beautiful "Let The Spirit" and in their vocal exchange of "Change Is Gonna Come" In this song, Lightning Red and LZ Love sing in a duet together and complement each other in perfect harmony.
Sonnyboy has his glory moment on mondharmonica in the instrumental "Cavern Crawl" and in "South Austin Shuffle" and on"Backyard Boogie", Lightning shines on the slide blues guitar. Zolas I already earlier said: First, first Class!!

- Blues Magazine, Netherlands

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Blues Family – International Blues Family
Ik plaatste de cd in zijn lade, ging er voor zitten en werd gevangen door de vette manier van spelen van deze bijzondere groep. Ik werd gevangen door de sfeer, door de geluidskwaliteit en natuurlijk door de inzet van de muzikanten. Ik had nog nooit eerder van deze groep gehoord, maar dit is van hoge kwaliteit. Oftewel, grote klasse!
Een groep die in feite gevormd is rondom Lighting Red. De grootheid uit Austin Texas. LZ Love en Lightnin’ Red hadden het idee opgevat een tour te doen in Europa. Muzikale begeleiding moest er zijn en ze hebben die gevonden in muzikanten uit Duitsland en Kroatië. En zie je hebt een International Blues Family. Van die optredens werd er een opname gemaakt, en het resultaat hiervan ligt dus nu in mijn cd-speler.
LZ Love is van origine een gospelzangeres die met Luther Vandross en Joan Armatrading heeft gespeeld. Daarbij heeft ze ook haar bijdrage geleverd aan Michael Franti & Spearhead’ en Tommy Castro. Zelf bracht ze “My Higher Ground” en “Mysterious” uit in 2006 & 2010. Lightning Red is dan weer een legendarische bluesgitarist uit Austin, Texas die op heel wat bekende bluesalbums van de grootsten der aarde in dit genre heeft meegespeeld. Hij is een beschermeling en een ontdekking van Luther Allison.
De gevonden muzikanten uit Europa waren na enig zoek werk relatief snel gevonden. Dat waren de uitstekende mondharmonicaspeler Sonnyboy, de 18 jaar jonge bassiste Nerea Rudic en drummer-percussionist Tom Diewock. De shuffles en grooves uit de gitaar van Lightning Red vliegen je om de oren op de veertien tracks die dit albums sieren en de doorleefde bluesy zang van LZ Love is voor mij een ware ontdekking, terwijl Sonnyboy zich de longen uit het lijf blaast op zijn mondharmonica en Tom Diewock en Nerea Rudic voor een uitstekende ritmesectie zorgen bij al deze tracks.
Lightning Red zingt met zijn rauwe bluesstem op een aantal nummers zoals “Don’t Have To Worry”, “Got The Power”, “Hard To Have The Blues”, het moddervette “Devil In You” en “Shoulda Listened”. Al wil ik wel zeggen dat de stem van LZ niet onder doet aan die van Lighning Red
In het mooie “Let The Spirit” en in “Change Is Gonna Come” zingen Lightning Red en LZ Love in duetvorm samen en ook dat verloopt in perfecte harmonie. Sonnyboy krijgt zijn gloriemoment op mondharmonica in het instrumentale “Cavern Crawl” en in “South Austin Shuffle” en “Backyard Boogie” laat Lightning Red zijn bluesgitaar lekker horen. Zolas ik al eerder zei: Grote grote Klasse !!

- Blues Magazine, Netherlands

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Nya Skivor.se - Internationell festivalblues för internationella bluesfestivaler
International Blues Family ”International Blues Family”
              (LR Productions/Hemifrån)
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Lightnin ' Red, American guitarist and singer, has been in [the blues/roots music scene] a long time. Should be in his early sixties. Grew up around Chicago where the kraftfulle [?] Luther Allison soon took him as an apprentice. Then Red moved to Austin, Texas in his twenties where he saw brothers Jimmie and Stevie Ray Vaughan play at syltor [?] (the Rome Inn, now Texas French Bread on 29th) before a handful of audience members.
The beauty of this move was that Lightnin' Red (Wayne Back in priest rating) over time came to play a unique mixture of Chicago and Texas blues. But when the rödblixtrande [?] plays best on this album, I associate it at least with Harvey Mandel who I first heard with Canned Heat. Thick, pricksäkra chords. Slajdspelet (these songs) are also of high quality. Lightnin' Red convinces even as rosslig [?] singer with the sensitive vibrato as singing guitarists (often) is so good at developing. Humanly, he is a skilled craftsman. It is not quite easy to come up with a bunch of songs that most of blues connoisseurs think that they have heard in the past – but still will listen to.
This dispersed photos and messy cover suggests that bluesens Boney M [?] finally has arrived, but those concerns were already dispelled by the intro to the first track. Extrovert uppåtblues [?] delivered by a skin-tight group is what we are dealing with, with clear elements of soul and rock. International festival blues tailor-made for international blues festivals. I imagine that they sell a lot of mass media after every gig.
The strongest impression is made by colorful, charismatic singer LZ Love who sings well and does every other song. Great star potential. With her gospel background, it is she who is responsible for the soul element. A just right hes, dov, beslöjad [?] voice bräddfull of sensual feminine stature and pride. She and Lightnin´ Red began working as a duo but would soon expand. They found young bassist Nerea Rudic from Croatia who pumps out heavy and melodic, but above all, extremely solid bass lines. After a few lyssningar [?] to me that the female child, come to Earth to play blues bass in Larry "The Mole" Taylor's spirit. Is therefore I am not a little surprised when I see a couple of years old Youtube clip where she pulls a bass solo (model grooovy) as the worst fusion musician. Think Jonas Hellborg seriously contemplated early retirement if he had looked at it.
The harmonica player, also a Croat, mage, or possibly individual enough [?], using the stage name Sonny Boy. Do not believe that any contemporary American harpist would have thought, no Swedish trynorgeltrakterare, nor, for that matter. The man may look like a daunting Eastern European heavyweight wrestler but would (easily) place in the finest blues circles. He has the wit to play sparingly also, a not unimportant characteristic of truly great harmonica player.
Virvelglade, German drummer Tom Diewock had he done any good blues band at any time even better. Swing hard, capsizing the canoe never how funny he seems to have [?].
Best song? Without a doubt "Stand for Something" whose exemplary slajdgitarr cut like that Nice in the diaphragm. Not, however, seek a doctor. Gåshudsframkallande song by LZ Love. Text, and how she fraserar [?], could determine the presidential election. "If you don't stand for something, you'll fall for anything." Thing is pronounced as, which should, in this context, thäng.
Only Aretha Franklin had sung it as good.

- Mats Zetterberg nyaskivor.se/wordpress/2012/10/internationell-festivalblues-for-internationella-bluesfestivaler

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Lightnin’ Red, amerikansk gitarrist och sångare, har hängt med länge. Borde vara i sina early sixties nu. Uppväxt runt Chicago där den kraftfulle Luther Allison tidigt tog honom som lärling. Flyttade sedan till Austin, Texas i 20-årsåldern där han såg bröderna Jimmie och Stevie Ray Vaughan spela på syltor inför en handfull åhörare.
Den fina med flytten blev att Lightnin’ Red (Wayne Bak i prästbetyget) med tiden kom att spela en säregen blandning av Chicago- och Texas-blues. Men när den rödblixtrande spelar som bäst på det här albumet associerar åtminstone jag till Harvey Mandel som först hördes i Canned Heat. Tjocka, pricksäkra ackord. Slajdspelet (tre låtar) är också av hög klass. Lightnin’ Red övertygar även som rosslig sångare med det där känsliga vibratot som sjungande gitarrister (ofta) är så bra på att utveckla. Till på köpet är han en hantverksskicklig låtskrivare. Det är inte helt lätt att komma upp med ett knippe låtar som de flesta bluesdiggare tycker sig ha hört förut – men ändå garanterat går igång på.
Hans senaste projekt heter alltså International Blues Family och är inte dumt alls. ”Familjen” kommer från USA, Kroatien och Tyskland, ursprungligen hoprafsad 2010 för en Europa-turné som löpte så väl ut att gruppen nu är en fast konstellation. Det plottriga, röriga omslaget antyder att bluesens Boney M till sist har anlänt, men de farhågorna kommer på skam redan i introt till första spåret. Extrovert uppåtblues levererat av ett tajt band är vad vi har att göra med. Med tydliga inslag av soul och rock. Internationell festivalblues skräddarsydd för internationella bluesfestivaler. Skulle tro att de säljer en faslig massa skivor efter varje gig.
Starkast intryck gör färgade, karismatiska sångerskan LZ Love som sjunger gott och väl varannan låt. Mycket star potential där. Med sin gospelbakgrund är det hon som står för de souliga inslagen. En precis lagom hes, dov, beslöjad röst bräddfull av sensuell pondus och kvinnlig stolthet. Hon och Lightnin´ Red inledde sitt samarbete som duo men skulle snart expandera. Från Kroatien hämtades unga och späda basisten Nerea Rudic som pumpar på tungt och melodiskt men framförallt oerhört stadigt. Får efter några lyssningar för mig att flickebarnet kommit till jorden för att spela bluesbas i Larry ”The Mole” Taylors anda. Blir därför inte så lite förvånad när jag hittar ett par år gammalt Youtube-klipp där hon drar ett bassolo (modell grooovy) som den värsta fusionsmusiker. Tror att Jonas Hellborg allvarligt hade övervägt förtidspensionering om han hade tittat på det.
Munspelaren, kroat även han, har mage, eller möjligen distans nog, att använda sig av artistnamnet Sonny Boy. Tror inte att någon nutida amerikansk harpist skulle ha kommit på tanken, ingen svensk trynorgeltrakterare heller för den delen. Mannen må se ut som en skräckinjagande östeuropeisk tungviktsbrottare men skulle (lätt) platsa i de förnämsta blueskretsar. Karln har förstånd att spela sparsamt också, ett inte oviktigt kännetecken för riktigt stora munspelare.
Virvelglade, tyske trummisen Tom Diewock hade även han gjort vilket bra bluesband som helst ännu bättre. Svänger hårt, kantrar aldrig med kanoten hur kul han än verkar ha. Bästa låten? Utan tvekan ”Stand for Something” vars exemplariska slajdgitarr skär så där skönt i mellangärdet. Dock inget att söka läkare för. Gåshudsframkallande sång av LZ Love. Texten, och hur hon fraserar, hade kunnat avgöra presidentvalet. ”If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything.” Thing uttalas då, som sig bör i sammanhanget, thäng.
Bara Aretha Franklin hade sjungit den lika bra.

- Mats Zetterberg http://nyaskivor.se/wordpress/2012/10/internationell-festivalblues-for-internationella-bluesfestivaler/

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Picture at an early age lightnin’ red (vocals and guitar) had already tackled the bluesmicrobe. Red was born in the vicinity of Chicago and mentored by Luther Allison, influenced by Buddy Guy Otis Rush, B.B. and Albert King…and early on he had his first guitar in hand. After a tour through the Midwest and Canada, Red was drawn around 1976 to Austin Texas. LZ Love toured internationally with Luther Vandross, Joan Armatrading and Mary Wells and sang in the studio with Michael Franti and Tommy Castro. With LZ Love on vocals on this release, it is a nice blues moment

- Keys & Chords, Belgium

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LZ Love en Lightnin’ Red hadden het idee opgevat een tour te doen in Europa. Muzikale begeleiding moest er zijn en ze hebben die gevonden in muzikanten uit Duitsland en Croatië. En zie je hebt een international Blues Family. Van die optredens werd er een opname gemaakt, en het resultaat hiervan ligt dus nu in mijn cd-speler. Behalve de geweldige shuffles en grooves die Red ons schenkt zingt hij ook op een vijftal nummers, maar de stem van LZ Love klinkt gewoon beter. Ik ben altijd blij als de bluesharp mee een hoofdrol mag spelen, en Sonnyboy weet perfect de sound aan te vullen. We krijgen 14 songs van een hoog gehalte. De bedoeling is dat LZ Love en Lightnin’ Red ook volgend jaar zo’n tour door Europa doen. Hopelijk zijn ze dan dicht genoeg in de buurt om zelf een optreden mee te pikken. (JePe)
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LZ Love and Lightnin’ Red had the idea of proposing a tour to do in Europe. Musical guidance had been there and they found great musicians from Germany and Croatia, and that's why it is an international blues family. Because of this course of events, there was a recording made, and the result is therefore now in my CD player. In addition to the tremendous shuffles and grooves they do, Red also sings five numbers, but the wonderful voice of LZ Love is impossible to top.    - Babylon 9

- Beale Street, Belgium

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Blues Family borde sovra    blues/soul
Lightnin’ Red kommer från Austin, Texas och har stått på scen i ett halvsekel. Han är en pigg veteran, vilket det här projektet med vokalisten LZ Love visar. Det rör sig om ett lyckat samarbete som nu resulterat i en fullmatad cd med rum för skiftande stilar. Tillsammans med ett duktigt band kastar sig kärnduon mellan blues, soul, funk och rock. Det mesta känns pulserande och spontant, och en fin livekänsla är alltid där. Attityden värmer. Variation finns alltså på flera vis, särskilt som sångmikrofonen effektfullt roterar mellan Lightnin’ Red och LZ Love. Särskilt originellt blir det ändå inte, och vissa nummer löper i nötta spår; det har gjorts förut, bättre eller sämre. Lite skarpare sovring hade inte skadat.
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Lightnin 'Red is from Austin, Texas and has been entertaining us for half a century. He is a spirited veteran, as this project with vocalist LZ Love shows. This is a successful partnership that has now resulted in a packed CD with room for diverse styles. Together with a talented band that throws itself into the core duo of blues, soul, funk and rock. Most feel vibrant and spontaneous, and a nice live feel is always there. The atmosphere is hot!
Variation is there in many ways, especially as [in the] striking vocal microphone rotation of Lightnin 'Red, LZ Love. Very original…

- Noje & Kultur, Sweden

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THE INTERNATIONAL BLUES FAMILY is a band made up of musicians whom are coming from all over the world, USA, Germany and Croatia to be exact. They recorded an album together, which musically speaking of course is Bluesrock, with raw soulful female vocals of LZ LOVE and even rawer male vocals of guitarist LIGHTNIN’ RED. Quality stuff, although strictly recommended to the fans of pure bluesrock. (Points: 7.7 out of 10)

- Krimpen Aan Den Dlijsself, Netherlands

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Bluesfamilj med internationell prägling
När de sköna artisterna – med den ännu skönare namnen LZ Love och Lightnin Red’ – turnerade i europa 2010 tillsammans med bakgrundsmusiker från Kroatien och Tyskland uppstod gemensamt tycke. De bestämde sig för att bilda en bluesfamilj av mer internationell prägel och även om Tyskland, USA och Kroatien inte direkt bidrar med världsmusikaliska egensinnigheter kan denna kvintett få till ett gott stabilt bluessväng.
Bra sånginsatser och kompetenta musiker som ibland får mig att tänka på det gamla bandet Resurrection Band (Rez) även om Blues Family inte traskar över i hårdrocksland. Hela femton låtar av klart godkänt snitt.
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When the fine artists - with the even more beautiful names LZ Love and Lightnin 'Red - toured Europe in 2010 along with background music[ians] from Croatia and Germany [it] came together piece. They decided to form a blue[s] family of more international character, and although Germany, USA and Croatia do not directly contribute to the global musical wayward drives, this quintet have [has] a good stable blues swing.
Good vocal work and skilled musician[s] who sometimes makes me think of the old band Resurrection Band (Rez), although the Blues Family [does] not trudge over the hard-rock country. The entire fifteen tracks of course [we] approved the cuts.

- IKON Magazine, Sweden

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Blue Print Magazine

Lightning Red and Thunder Blues at the Warrington R&B Club, Warrington England  2001

The gig at Warrington was the band's first appearance on an extensive tour of the UK throughout the month of July. Guitarist, singer and songwriter Lightning Red gained his early schooling in the blues in Chicago before moving to Austin, Texas. Both sets played by the band strongly reflected the influences of those two legendary centres of American blues music.

The first set began with a Texas blues instrumental, followed by "Scratch My Back", a funky arrangement complete with slide guitar. Three more Texas blues numbers maintained the momentum, accompanied by top quality combinations of slide and SRV-like solos.

The relentless pace was then eased by a splendid rendition of Eddie Boyd's "Five Long Years", which introduced the wonderful skills of Stockport's Paul Westwell on harp, who continued to delight the audience on "Blow Wind Blow". The remainder of the set comprised a well-balanced mix of shuffles, country swing and fast and funky blues, throughout which Lightning Red demonstrated his guitar mastery with a series of scintillating solos, most notably on "Dynamite" and "Got The Power".

Red opened the second set with another fast instrumental, followed by the funky "Houston Blues" and "Tortured Mind". "South Austin Shuffle" again evoked memories of Stevie Ray and featured the outstanding talent of Coy Fuller on drums. Then it was time to return to Chicago and the plaintive brilliance of Paul Westwell on "Lost My Baby", "Hoochie Coochie Man" and Little Milton's "The Blues Is Alright".

The performance ended with "Snatch It Back" and Freddie King's "Going Down", both of which showcased the considerable ability of Terry Robbins: the former enriched by his terrific funky baseline and the latter, for which he also provided lead vocals, by a display of his versatility as a bass player.

It was an excellent evening's entertainment, provided by four masters of their respective instruments. Lightning Red is a superb guitarist and a talented songwriter; and, equally importantly, he, Coy and Terry are warm and gracious individuals to whom an audience can't help but relate. I have a sneaking feeling that they will be back.

- Lionel Ross

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Strange Pleasures Magazine

Lightning Red & Thunder Blues at The Vic,
      Swindon England

After an awful journey down from Nottingham where they played the previous night, Red and the boys were just so glad to reach Swindon to relax and unwind for a few hours before sound checking etc.. The intimacy of the Vic gives off good vibes under the right conditions - and that night they were just that. Red and the boys launched straight out in to their set - a mix of styles which they call "Texicago" due to Red's roots being born in Chicago but having moved to Austin, Texas and influenced by both genres of blues.

Red is tall with an impressive persona, stage presence, guitar style and despite his larger than life disposition, a modest meliferous voice for the greater part of the songs. But when called upon to get growly he does so with a vengeance! His praises have been written by greater pens than mine and by prestigious Blues magazines and noteworthy music critics of the top notch American press so I will spare you any further repetitious eulogy on this fine gentleman.

The programme included a "Thunder and Lightning" "Houston Blues" "Tortured Mind" and a delightful "South Austin Shuffle" as well as a few non Texas orientated classic numbers like "Five Long Years" and "Snatch It Back" and a "Red's Blues" to finish the first set. Little Milton's "The Blues Is Alright" opened the second half of the proceedings then "Lost My Baby". Muddy's [McKinnley Morganfield] "Hoochie Coochie Man" and BB's [BB KING] "Rock Me" followed closely by - one of my all-time favorites - Freddie King's "Goin' Down".

The flagstone floor replete with condensation and loads of spilled beer made for slippery conditions for the dancers and sedentary punters alike - but as it was so tightly packed no one hit the deck as it were! The gig finished and the people clapped - they did an encore - people clapped again and then as time had run out, reluctantly left the gig happy, sweaty and tired having enjoyed a full rounded body of blues music Lightning Red style.

- Sweet Lizzy D

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