Marfa Dialogues

Little Freddie King

18 March 2011


Little Freddie King
The World According to New Orleans
18 March 2011
Performance immediately following the community dinner
The Capri, Marfa, TX

Please join us for a special performance by New Orleans blues legend, Little Freddie King, who will be playing as part of The World According to New Orleans opening weekend on 18 March 2011. Little Freddie King plays the real blues — according to his website, “the minute Freddie straps on his guitar and strikes up his gnarled chord…this lean, mean, swampy aggregation of gut-bucket wild men transforms the poshest of venues into a back-of-town beer joint.”

As iTunes explains, “Although Little Freddie King patterned his name and playing style after his role model Freddie King, the man with “Little” in his moniker is an original. Leaving his native Mississippi in the 1950s to move to the music Mecca of New Orleans, King brought the indigenous sound of the Mississippi Delta blues with him. It has stayed with him ever since, as he has continued to hone his raw sound over the decades. This is not prettified or citified blues, this is country blues that could only come out of the South.”

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    Little Freddie King at the opening for Ballroom Marfa’s 2011 exhibition, The World According to New Orleans, curated by Dan Cameron, and part of his performance from later that night, 18 March 2011.


    Little Freddie King plays his guitar in his house in New Orleans. Video courtesy of Music Maker Relief Foundation.

    Generous support for The World According to New Orleans and the Little Freddie King performance has been provided by: The Brown Foundation Inc., Houston; National Endowment for the Arts; Texas Commission on the Arts; Meyer Levy Charitable Foundation; The Oshman Foundation; with generous contributions by Toby D. Lewis; Ken & Shere Whitley; and Ballroom Marfa members.

    In-kind support provided by: Abita Beer, Abita Springs, LA; Tito’s Vodka, Austin, TX; The Capri, Marfa, TX; Hotel Paisano, Marfa, TX; and Jacqueline R. Northcut. Special thanks to Jonathan Ferrara.

    Food by Rocky Barnette.