Lightning Red is an Austin, Texas Blues guitarist, singer, and songwriter who has recorded five CDs prior to this one. His professional name comes from his long, sun-blond-red hair and from his high school days when he tried to play guitar faster than anybody else (“lightning fast”). The Texas guitar hero is an artist who exudes blues with a sun-weathered face, a nice ragged guitar sound, and a gritty and convincing voice. Studio guest artists include L.Z. Love with gospel influenced soulful vocals and Austin’s own Jimi Lee on blues harp. Red handles all guitars and lead vocals while Austin Krecz drums and Chuck Krecz tickles the keyboards.
Born Wayne Bak near Chicago and “educated” by the music of Luther Allison and Buddy Guy, Red relocated to Texas mid 1970s. According to his bio, “as a three 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, Missouri. After befriending Luther Allison and soaking up the sounds of Buddy Guy, Otis Rush, Mike Bloomfield, B.B. and Albert King 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 introduced their music to the community. Red soaked up the music of The Fabulous Thunderbirds (Jimmie Vaughan, Kim Wilson) at Antone's and met a struggling "Little" Stevie Ray Vaughan.” He has toured Scandinavia and Great Britain repeatedly, with two consecutive appearances at The Great R&B Festival in Colne, England, and he was interviewed on Radio New Zealand [national broadcast]. This and a number of other Australian interviews featured cuts from his highly acclaimed CD release “Tortured Mind.”