COLUMN 105, MAY 1, 2004
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Ladell McLin started
playing guitar at the age of 12. His father was a known jazz drummer and at age
2, to be near his Dad, would climb into the open back of his father's bass drum
with a pillow and sleep there while his father practiced.
His brother was Andre
Cotton, the blues drummer. Ladell was given the blues name "Buddy
James" by Junior Wells, back in Chicago when he first heard him at the
Checkerboard Lounge. Junior said, "Boy, you Funky with that guitar, play
some blues for me, you sound like a Little bit Buddy Guy and a little bit like
James Browns' guitar boys, we should call you Buddy James." He used this
name for a while but has gone back to his real name since Junior died.
At a very young age, Ladell
was asked to play the Chicago Blues Festival. His guest appearance was with a
band whose members included Pine Top Perkins, Fernando Jones, Derek Trucks and
Lurrie Bell (Carey's son).
Since then, his credits
include having backed up Buddy Guy, KoKo Taylor, John Primer, Wayne Baker
Brooks, Joan Baby and Johnny Guitar Watson. He was in the house band at Buddy
Guy Legends with George Baze in Chicago, which led him to touring with Eddie
Burks, and his first appearance in New York, at Tramps.
Ladell has just come off a
world tour with James Blood Ulmer, the Grammy nominee for best Blues for his Memphis
Blood Band produced by Vernon Reid. He played at the Apollo Theater for the
Jazz Foundation's Emergency Fund with Buddy Miles (from Hendrix's original
band), this October 16th, 2003.
Ladell McLin was also
featured at Avery Fisher Hall this past spring for a World Music Benefit that
landed him on CNN news. He has been compared to Hendrix, and best described as a
cross between Buddy Guy, bit of Stevie Ray and Jimi with a lot of cosmic
consciousness that takes you traveling when you listen to his playing with an
unbearable soulful blues guitar feel. His hellified solos leave you unable to
exhale until he's through with you.
At the Apollo Theatre
during the concert that was recently held to benefit the Jazz Musicians'
Emergency Fund, hosted by Bill Cosby and included George Benson and about 40
Jazz Legends who came out to raise money. When Benson heard Ladell, he said,
"That boy can play" and took his phone number.
He has appeared at Lenox
Lounge in Harlem and has made guest appearances at BB King's. His band features
him on vocals, has been known to have surprise guests sit in such as Jimmy
Norman, one of the singers from the Coasters, who wrote TIME IS ON MY SIDE
for the Stones, and many tunes for Hendrix and Bob Marley.
Ladell McLin headlined at
the Cape May Jazz Festival. All three shows sold out and over $600 worth of CDs
Ladell McLin is the last of
the line of true Chicago Royalty blues men. He is the last of the line of
real-deal brother blues guitarists in an art form that is not producing a new
generation of true blues artists who had the chance to inhale the music from the
originals, Ladell was weaned on blues and is taking it to the next level trying
to fit his sound into the new world. ##
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