Blues gets wild in New Orleans…it will always be that way. For proof, look no further than the Big Easy’s current, premier blues guitar practitioner, Kipori “Baby Wolf” Woods and Blues Gone Wild, his new album, being released nationally on Louisiana Red Hot Records. What else would you expect from a New Orleans born and bred bluesman, whose name means ‘wild’ in Swahili?
Eleven years in the making, Blues Gone Wild is the very, long-awaited followup to Kipori’s initial national release Big Black Cadillac. That 2000 debut gained Kipori widespread recognition as one of the South’s best young blues guitarists.
Then…some real blues ensued. Katrina swallowed his beloved New Orleans home. All earthly possessions were destroyed. Partially finished recordings were lost. Two marriages failed. The gig scene withered. The band broke up.
But, as New Orleans knows so well, resilience triumphs over disaster. Kipori rejoined his old friends the Dirty Dozen Brass Band for a year and a half of world touring and soul repairing. Rejuvenated, Kipori returned to his roots in New Orleans.
Those roots led back to the man who raised Kipori, his grandfather “Luscious” Lloyd Lambert, the legendary New Orleans bass player. “Luscious” worked with the likes of Ray Charles, Little Richard, Danny Barker, and Doc Cheatham and led the band for the most outrageous performer in New Orleans history, Guitar Slim. It was Lloyd who nurtured the adolescent Kipori in jazz, R&B, gospel and, most importantly, the flamboyant blues style of Guitar Slim.
Today you can see that flamboyant Guitar Slim performing style still alive in Buddy Guy. You can hear those stunning Guitar Slim runs in the work of his successors, Earl King and Jimi Hendrix. And you can experience the entire package in Kipori Woods and his bonafide blistering Big Easy Blues Gone Wild.