LZ Love & Lightning Red (BLUES FAMILY)

LZ Love & Lightning Red (BLUES FAMILY)

 Austin, Texas, USA
BandBluesSoul

The amazing LZ LOVE has toured or recorded with Parliament Funkadelic, Michael Fronti, Luther Vandross, Tommy Castro and Stephen Marley

"If you like history then you have to meet Lightning Red! The man is history himself!...a blues legend..... Killer licks, ditto grooves and trademark vocals.."

Biography

BLUES FAMILY (international)

When LZ LOVE & LIGHTNING RED began their 2010 European tour with backing musicians from Croatia and Germany, they didn’t anticipate any thing beyond a few weeks performing to enthusiastic crowds and adding many new fans. But with each new festival and concert performance, it became obvious that something magical was happening. Strong friendships were forming and great music was being created.

Recording sessions were set up in Split, Croatia and plans drawn up to form a world class band. Due to contractual obligations with industry folks in London, Peco Pete was unable to join or record with the new Blues Family. With studio tracs in hand, the entourage headed to Germany to enlist the award winning drumming talent of Tom Diewock. German legend Ray Frick added vocal tracs to the emerging album of original songs and stands at the helm as executive producer.
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LZ LOVE

One of the Great Soul Voices of our time...
MESMERIZING
- Southland Blues, Longbeach CA

…an AMAZING VOICE.
She sings from the bottom of her soul
- Hillary Clinton

Born in Chicago, back to Louisiana at age 3, then raised in Berkeley, California

As so many great American singers have, LZ began singing gospel in a southern church… at age five. Having sung and toured with a long list of icons including Mary Wells, Joan Armatrading, Billy Preston (the 5th Beatle), Parliament Funkadelic, Luther Vandross and Stephen Marley, her credentials are impressive.

A favorite of Tommy Castro and Michael Fronti, her voice appears on their releases, as does theirs on hers. LZ Love’s s solo career began in 1995 when her song Lift Me Up reached number two on the European dance charts. When residing in London, LZ’s dance-music career was interrupted by the severe illness of her mother. After caring for her dying mother in California, her career took yet another path.

In 2001 she co-wrote ‘ONE’, her first album, and the song Been Lonely became a favorite on the San Francisco scene and was released on ‘San Francisco Bay’s Best Blues’ by Epitaph Records. In addition to singing in the Broadway production of ‘The Lion King’ in San Francisco, 2003 saw the release of the acclaimed CD ‘Standing Wide-legged & Proud’.

Relocating to Austin, Texas with her song-writing partner and their lead guitarist, LZ continues to release dance-singles in Europe, albums in the US, and lend her amazing vocal abilities to other projects. 2006 saw her doing supporting vocals on Lightning Red’s first acoustic release, and their 2008 duo recording ‘Gut Bucket Blues’ has led to label interest and touring.

LZ Love & Lightning Red toured Europe in 2010 with appearances at the Rapperswil & Zofingen Festivals near Zurich, as well as concerts in Switzerland, Croatia and Germany. Chosen to help close the Rapperswil Blues ‘n’ Jazz Festival, LZ & Red performed to a crowd of nearly 10,000.
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LIGHTNING RED

Born near Chicago and mentored by Luther Allison
Relocated to Texas in the mid-seventies

As a 3 year old, he'd sit directly in front of the saxophone sections of Count Basie, Jimmy Dorsey, Duke Ellington and all the other Big Bands playing the military base circuit that weaved through Fort Leonard Wood.

Just before high school, Red became a bandleader. After befriending Luther Allison and soaking up the sounds of Buddy Guy, Otis Rush, Mike Bloomfield, B.B.King and Johnny Winter in and around Chicago, Red began touring the Midwest and Canada.

In 1976 Austin became his home and touring base. While performing at the Armadillo World Headquarters during the latter 70s, Omar and the Howlers, W.C.Clark and "little" Charlie Sexton were brought onstage and debuted. In addition to meeting Willie Nelson, Delbert McClinton, Marsha Ball and a host of great Texas artists, Red soaked up the music of The Fabulous Thunderbirds (Jimmie Vaughan, Kim Wilson) at Antone's and met a struggling "Little" Stevie Ray Vaughan.

In 2010 Lightning Red played to a crowd of nearly 10,000 at the Rapperswil Blues'n'Jazz Festival in Switzerland as well as a number of festivals in Europe, while the previous year he wowed 'em at the Bayfront Blues Festival, the Eureka Springs Blues Weekend in Arkansas, the Santiago Shakedown 7 and a number of festivals in the US.

He has toured Australia, Scandinavia and Great Britain repeatedly, with two consecutive appearances at The Great British R&B Festival, did radio appearances in Spain, and was interviewed on national Radio New Zealand after being featured at the Whangarei Jazz and Blues Festival.

Having begun his European adventures touring Denmark, his latest release the groovemaster has gotten rave reviews and airplay in North & South America, Scandinavia, Belux, France, Germany, Italy, Hungary, the UK, New Zealand and Australia.
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Lyrics

Don't Have To Worry

Written By: Lightning Red

You don’t have to worry…don’t have to cry at night
You don’t have to worry. Everything’s gonna be alright
No matter what you say or do
I will always take care of you
You don’t have to worry. Everything’s gonna be alright

And when you are lonely…nobody there to talk to
You know I will hurry. I’ll rush to be there with you
No matter where I happen to be
Across the ocean or the deep blue sea
You know I will hurry just to be there with you

You don’t have to worry…don’t have to cry at night
You don’t have to worry. Everything’s gonna be alright
No matter what you say or do
I will always take care of you
You don’t have to worry. Everything’s gonna be alright

Change Is Gonna Come

Written By: LZ Love & Lightning Red

Everything’s gonna change no matter what you say or do
If your heart’s in the right place doors will open for you
This could be the Golden Age both for me and for you
So take my advice and all your dreams will come true

You can say what you want, but I still believe a change is gonna come (Oh yes, a change is gonna come)

If you are a righteous man, they will look up to you
And if you’re a poor man with nothing else to lose
Your body will lifted and your dreams will come true
No more pain and sorrow just keep love in your heart

You can say what you want, but I still believe a change is gonna come

They say the strong will survive, and the meek shall inherit the earth and
Everything will surely change. And the evils in this world will soon be rearranged

I said a CHANGE IS GONNA COME (I said a change is gonna come)
I said a CHANGE IS GONNA COME (I said a change is gonna come)
I said a CHANGE IS GONNA COME (I said a change is gonna come)

Because they got us on run, but a New Age is surely gonna come

I said a CHANGE IS GONNA COME (I said a change is gonna come)
I said a CHANGE IS GONNA COME (I said a change is gonna come)
I said a CHANGE IS GONNA COME (I said a change is gonna come)

There’ll be no where to run, there’ll be no need to hide when your change comes

I said a CHANGE IS GONNA COME (I said a change is gonna come)
I said a CHANGE IS GONNA COME (I said a change is gonna come)
You can say what you want, but I still believe a change is gonna come

Devil In You (clip)

Written By: Lightning Red

I gave you everything I could
I shoulda known that you would
treat me like a doggone fool
I shoulda known you'd treat me cruel

But I was in love
wasn't thinking of
the devil in you

You made my life a living hell
and look at just how far I fell
You are Satan in a dress
Left my life in such a mess

But I was in love
wasn't thinking of
the devil in you

Someday it could happen to you
without a warning, without a clue
I'm gonna tell you just what you should do...
Put a million miles between her and you

But I was in love
wasn't thinking of
the devil in you

But I was in love
wasn't thinking of
the devil in you

But I was in love
wasn't thinking of
the devil in you

Change Is Gonna Come

Written By: LZ Love & Lightning Red

Everything?s gonna change no matter what you say or do
If your heart?s in the right place doors will open for you
This could be the Golden Age both for me and for you
So take my advice and all your dreams will come true

You can say what you want, but I still believe a change is gonna come
(Oh yes, a change is gonna come)
If you are a righteous man, they will look up to you
And if you?re a poor man with nothing else to lose
Your body will lifted and your dreams will come true
No more pain and sorrow just keep love in your heart

You can say what you want, but I still believe a change is gonna come

They say the strong will survive, and the meek shall inherit the earth and everything will surely change. And the evils in this world will soon be rearranged

I said a CHANGE IS GONNA COME
Because they got us on run, but a New Age is surely gonna come
There?ll be no where to run, there?ll be no need to hide when your change comes

I said a CHANGE IS GONNA COME (I said a change is gonna come)
You can say what you want, but I still believe a change is gonna come

Big Time

Written By: Lightning Red

Gave me all her (his) lovin?
Brought me all her (his) huggin?
Stop this hurt I?m feelin?
Help! My head is reelin?

Break this spell I?m under
Make me run for cover
Stop my knees from shakin?
Keep my heart from brakin?

I've got a bad thing for her (him) big time
Burnin' down deep inside.
I wanna hear her (him) say she'll (he?ll) be mine
or I'm gonna lose my mind.

Life is made for livin?
Love is made for givin?
Time is flying faster
Hope is what I?m after

Hurts to see her (him) walkin?
Hate to hear her (him) talkin?
with that other (my only) fellow
Knees just turn to jello

I've got a bad thing for her (him) big time
Burnin' down deep inside.
I wanna hear her (him) say she'll (he?ll) be mine
or I'm gonna lose my mind.

Life is made for livin?
Love is made for givin?
Time is flying faster
Hope is what I?m after

Don't Have To Worry

Written By: Lightning Red

You don?t have to worry?don?t have to cry at night
You don?t have to worry. Ev?rything?s gonna be alright
No matter what you say or do
I will always take care of you
You don?t have to worry. Ev?rything?s gonna be alright

And when you are lonely?nobody there to talk to
You know I will hurry. I?ll rush to be there with you
No matter where I happen to be
Across the ocean or the deep blue sea
You know I will hurry just to be there with you

You don?t have to worry?don?t have to cry at night
You don?t have to worry. Ev?rything?s gonna be alright
No matter what you say or do
I will always take care of you
You don?t have to worry. Ev?rything?s gonna be alright

You don?t have to worry Don?t have to cry at night
You don?t have to worry. Ev?rything?s gonna be alright
You don?t have to worry Don?t have to cry at night
You don?t have to worry. Ev?rything?s gonna be alright
You don?t have to worry. Don?t have to cry at night
You don?t have to worry. Ev?rything?s gonna be alright
You don?t have to worry?

Got The Power

Written By: Lightning Red

Life brings a body such a long, hard road
And I know it might be a lie.
But you can sarry such a heavy load
If you only give it a try.

We are the masters and we move so fast.
See the future flow like a stream.
Look to tomorrow and don?t re-live the past
And always just remember your dream.

Politicians lying to the whole human race?
Say that we must be afraid
Of all the power that is takes to change this place
To a planet without borders, without nation-states.

We?ve got the power to demand what we want.
No one can stand in our way.
Go tell your brother and your sister-in-law
We?ve got the right to change this planet today.

Devil In You

Written By: Lightning Red

(I) gave you ev?rything I could
I shoulda known that you would
treat me like a doggone fool
I shoulda known you?d treat me cruel

But I was in love
wasn?t thinkin? of
the devil in you

You made my life a living hell
(and) look at just how far I fell
You are Satan in a dress
Left my life in such a mess

But I was in love
wasn?t thinkin? of
the devil in you

Someday it could happen to you
without a warning, without a clue
I?m gonna tell you just what you should do
Put a million miles between her and you

(I) gave you ev?rything I could
I shoulda known that you would
treat me like a doggone fool
I shoulda known you?d treat me cruel

But I was in love
wasn?t thinkin? of
the devil in you

But I was in love
wasn?t thinkin? of
the devil in you

But I was in love
wasn?t thinkin? of
the devil in you

Dancing With The Blues

Written By: LZ Love

Baby, where you been? I had dreams of you all night long
I can?t describe what you did to me
It?s driving me crazy

I don?t wanna be hurt no more
I don?t wanna be let down like before
This is a cold and lonely game
Nobody but you to blame

I?m dancing with the blues in my lonely room
My soul is dying and I?m tired of crying
I?m dancing with the blues

Slowly you moved out of my life, and you left me here in the night
Now I have to learn to live without you baby
?til I find somebody new to hold me tight
I been down this road before
Don?t wanna go there anymore
This is my life. What am I gonna do?

I?m dancing with the blues in my lonely, lonely room
I?m losing my mind. I?m spending my time
just dancing with the blues

You promised to treat me better
and baby, I really that that you would
You are a mean mistreater, and you didn?t mean me no good

Hard To Have The Blues

Written By: Lightning Red

My baby needs me everyday
My baby loves me in every way
It?s hard to have the blues
when you know you?ll never lose --your baby?s love.

Don?t need no money--no fancy car
I could be a rock and roll star.
But I don?t need those things
if I know I?ve got my baby?s love.

She ain?t no saint -- perfect she ain?t
but I know she loves me and she?s my mate
How do I know -- that she loves me so?
Her eyes convey the message and her smile gives her
feelings away.

I need my baby everyday
She make me feel like I wanna pray
I fall down on my knees
and thank my lucky stars I?ve got you.

Let The Spirit

Written By: LZ Love & Lightning Red

Let the spirit have it?s way
Open up your heart today
Let the light come shining through
Illuminate ev?rything you do

In spite of what they say
the spirit will make a way
Love will get you t hrough
no matter what people do

You may have to cry sometime (= CHORUS)
Just let the spirit have it?s way

One day you will find
you?ll have to rearrange your mind
When life weighs heavily on you
know that love will see you through

I was so sick I sure could?ve died
Threw my hands up and now I testify
I thought the road would end
Faith has brought me back again

You may have to cry sometime
Just let the spirit have it?s way

Let the spirit?Let the spirit
Let the spirit?Let the spirit
Let the spirit?Let the spirit
Let the spirit have it?s way

If life gets tough and luck just ain?t enough
Just know deep inside that the Spirit will be your guide
You may have to cry sometime

Stand For Something

Written By: LZ Love & Lightning Red

I was looking for direction but no compass to be found
In a world with no mercy, I was living underground
I had no way of knowing what you was telling me was wrong
until I heard what was the real deal when BB sang ?The Thrill Is Gone?

If you don?t stand for something, you will fall for anything
And if you don?t love everybody how can you ever love yourself

Now I?m on the right track and I ain?t gonna turn around
I won?t let nothing bring me down
I know I?ve got a place in the world where I can stand
And for the first time in my life, I feel I have a real chance

I?m a little older now, but I feel I?m getting better
My soul is flying higher now. It?s floating like a feather

Discography

LZ LOVE Discography

2010 The Best Of Times (Sara Hickman) - featuring
Willie Nelson, Ray Benson, Ruthie Foster,
Carolyn Wonderland, LZ Love, Shelley King
2010 Mysterious – M.A.Records
2009 Dancin’ With The Blues – M.A.Records
2008 Gut Bucket Blues stumpdown acoustic – LZ
Love & Lightning Red (GR-105)
2006 My Higher Ground - guest artists: Michael
Franti, Tommy Castro
2006 Yell Fire! (new album by Michael Fronti & Spearhead) guest vocalist: LZ Love
2005 Anytime – dance single - (Swing City, UK)
2005 Singing Gospel In Austin - guest artists:
Lightning Red, Charlie Prichard
2003 Standing Wide-Legged And Proud - guest
artist: Irina Mikhailova
2003 Everyone Deserves Music (Michael Fronti &
Spearhead) guest vocalist: LZ Love
2002 San Francisco Bay’s Best Blues - Epitaph
Records (compilation CD)
2001 ONE - guest artist: Tommy Castro
1998 It’s Your Love – dance single (Phuture Trax, UK)
1996 See The Light – #3 dance single (Slip n’ Slide,
UK – with Derrick Carter)
1995 In The Middle – dance single (Freshly
Squeezed, UK)
1995 Lift Me Up – #2 dance single (Freshly
Squeezed, UK)
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LIGHTNING RED Discography

LIGHTNING RED the groovemaster (2008) LRP-106
GUT BUCKET BLUES - stumpdown acoustic (2007) LZ Love & Lightning Red, (LZ Love/Lightning Red Productions) GR-105
a long way home (2006) LIGHTNING RED,
Groovemaster Records GR-104
Singing Gospel In Austin - LZPHOENIX, featuring LZ Love (lz-love.com) (LZ Phoenix) 2005
Tortured Mind LIGHTNING RED & Thunder Blues, Angelwing Records AW-2102
Texas Thunder Blues LIGHTNING RED, Heroic Records HR-103
Red's Blues LIGHTNING RED, Heroic Records HR-102
East St. Louis LIGHTNING RED, dbRecords - d45-1002A
Walkin' Thru The Park LIGHTNING RED
dbRecords - d45-1002B (song © M.Morganfield)
Melting Your Mind ICE (w/ LIGHTNING RED on guitar and vocals),
Bonny Records 1211-L