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Thursday, September 6, 2012

Rough Treatment - Little Hudson

Hudson Showers was born in Anguilla, Ms. on September 6, 1919. While in his early teens he moved to Louise, Ms. and learned guitar from his uncles. In 1939 he moved to Chicago, where he followed Lee Brown, Big Bill Broonzy & Big Maceo Merriweather around. Big Bill let Showers sit in with him one night in 1946, and after that he started sitting in with South Side bluesmen such as Tampa Red, John Lee "Sonny Boy" Williamson & Lazy Bill Lucas. In 1951 he formed his Red Devil Trio with Lazy Bill on piano and James Bannister on drums. They started playing on the South Side to great response and soon they started playing all over Chicago. Joe Brown, the owner of J.O.B. Records recorded six sides by the group in 1952, but Showers had complaints about Brown's production techniques. Brown issued two sides, the other four remained in the can until they appeared in the 1980's on Flyright Records LP compilations in the U.K. Showers didn't make any more commercial recordings. His last recording was a radio jingle for a clothing store in 1958. The Red Devil trio remained on the club scene up until 1964. Showers, quit the music business afterwards no longer feeling at the top of his game. I haven't been able to find any details about the remainder of his life.

Hudson Showers aka Little Hudson:Vocals & Guitar

Lazy Bill Lucas:Piano

Either Jesse Fowler or James Bannister:Drums

Recorded in Chicago, IL. January 31, 1953