Ponderosa Stomp presents "Ride in My 225" with Spyder Turner, Lazy Lester, and Lil Buck Sinegal

Spyder Turner

Spyder Turner was born in West Virginia, but grew up in the shadow of Motown in Detroit. He became a polished performer at an early age, forming a doo-wop group called the Nonchalants and individually entering talent shows in Detroit and beyond. He won a talent show at the Apollo Theatre at age 16. Two years later, a demo tape he recorded landed him a contract with MGM Records. The recording, a unique cover of "Stand By Me," featuring Turner's impersonations of Smokey Robinson, David Ruffin, Jackie Wilson and others singing the Ben E. King classic, took Pop and Soul Radio by storm and started a professional career for Turner that is still going on to this day.

Turner never scored another major national hit as a singer, but continued to record solid albums throughout the 70s. He also began working with songwriting legend Norman Whitfield, penning Rose Royce's "Do Your Dance," and also appeared and or performed in a number of movies, including Motown's The Last Dragon, Agent Secret 00 Soul and Street Wars.

After working with legendary Detroit bandleader Johnny Trudell in the 90s, Turner has now assembled a crackerjack band of Detroit musicians and is touring, performing an entertaining show of his past hits as well as more impersonations of classic soul stars. He is also working on a new album, cuts from which are featured on his website. -- SoulTracks.com

Lazy Lester

The last surviving member of the first generation swamp blues fraternity that includes Slim Harpo, Lightnin' Slim and Lonesome Sundown, Lazy Lester has always been one of the best.

Whether he's playing his own killer cuts such as "Ponderosa Stomp," "Patrol Wagon Blues," "Out Of The Goodness Of My Heart," "You're Gonna Ruin Me Baby," "The Same Thing Could Happen To You," (or "Sugar Coated Love" or "I Hear You Knockin'" for that matter) or wailing through his all time favorite song-Al Ferrier's "Blues Stop Knockin' At My Door," Lester brings the spirit of Crowley, Louisiana-and the (please pardon the term) MUSICAL GUMBO, of J.D. Miller's genre-jumping recording sessions to life when he hits the stage.

Possessing a head of hair that resembles Albert Einstein at his finest moment, a voice as warm as they come and a harp style injected with pure country twang, Lester simply epitomizes everything that's great about the state of Louisiana: Lightnin' Slim, Nathan Abshire, Rocket Morgan, Warren Storm, Joe Barry all of whose records he's played on. It might have been harmonica, guitar, drums, wood blocks, cardboard boxes, even a Shetland pony saddlebut Lester used it to the best and most tasteful effect, giving Miller's records that rhythmic edge of weird creative vision that made them so memorable.

However, Lester has an intimate connection to the soul, be-bop and Motown of the north too, having lived in Flint, Michigan for some time and frequented the Motor City circuit in Detroit too.

Though known as a blues performer, to hear Lester play country-always his first love-is to stand at the crossroads of the magic that birthed rock 'n roll in the very first place.

Lil Buck Sinegal and his Buckaroos

The best guitar slinger South Louisiana has to offer, Paul "Lil' Buck" Sinegal honed his chops as an Excello session man and Clifton Chenier's longtime guitarist. Revered for his work with Lil' Bob (of "I Got Loaded" fame), Rockin' Dopsie, and Fernest Arcenaux, Lil' Buck also recorded his own killer instrumentals - including "Cat Scream" and "Monkey in a Sack" - for the La Louisiane label in the late '60s. More recently, he co-founded the Lafayette-based all-star aggregation Cowboy Stew Blues Revue. In 1999, Lil' Buck was inducted into the Louisiana Blues Hall of Fame.

$10.00 - $15.00

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