Don't Ask Me ... I Don’t Know has been around now for about 9 years posting Blues LP’s, some CD’s and whatever else I feel like.
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Kathryn Jewel Thorne, 9 January 1939, Houston, Texas, USA, 5 September
1999, League City, Texas, USA. Webster learned to play the piano as a
child, playing hymn tunes when her mother was within earshot and Fats
Domino and Chuck Berry tunes when she was not. She developed, in her
words, ‘A funky left hand and a rollin’ right’, which talent led to her
becoming house pianist at Jay Miller’s studio in Crowley, Louisiana,
from 1959-66. During that period, she backed Excello Records’ swamp
blues artists such as Lazy Lester, Lonesome Sundown and Lightnin’ Slim.
She also recorded under her own name, or with billing shared with Ashton
Conroy (Ashton Savoy). These recordings showed her to be a versatile
performer, covering tough, down-home blues, rocking R&B, soul and
pop ballads, and revealed a sweet, but sassy voice. She played with Otis
Redding’s touring band from the mid-60s until his death in 1967, after
which her career took a downturn. She played only local gigs during the
70s before moving to Oakland, California. In 1982 she played the
festival circuit in Europe, the first of many such tours. She continued
to tour with her band, Silent Partners, and to lay down her two-fisted
playing and no-nonsense singing on a succession of fine albums for
Arhoolie Records, Alligator Records and Ornament, but a stroke sadly
brought a premature end to her recording career.
Early tracks from Katie's Jay Miller sessions and thanks go to Sylvain for sharing this LP.