Bluesman Larry Garner, who will be visiting Hailsham Pavilion in May, was born in New Orleans and raised near Baton Rouge in the small town of Oaknolia. The state of Louisiana is proud of their son having inducted him into the Louisiana Blues Hall of Fame in 2002. One of the world's top contemporary bluesmen, Garner has been influenced by many of the Baton Rouge blues artists including Lonesome Sundown, Silas Hogan, Henry Gray, Clarence Edwards and Guitar Kelly. His original songs reflect his upbringing and surroundings but are appreciated by audiences around the world. On his website, Garner says of European audiences, “I go to Europe and England a few times a year. Over there they really like my original stuff. They hear guys playing the blues, but when I come in, they come right up and say, ‘Thank God — a real blues band.’ We take it for granted here. They’re really appreciative there, and so am I."
Hailsham Pavilion, Sat 11th May, 19:30.
Tickets £19.50, available online, by calling 01323 841414 or in person at the Box Office.