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ArtWork By  Mark Betcher

This is another great blues song. It is a musical river flowing with warm emotional tones. At least, that's what I get out of the music and the feeling I wanted to create in my version. I don't think I did too bad a job here. Sometime the quirky quality to my voice works in a song. There... I done gone all inspirational on myself.


In The Evening When The Sun Goes Down
Leroy Carr

Carr was born in Nashville, Tennessee in 1905 and grew up in the black section of Indianapolis, Indiana. Here he partnered with jazz guitarist Scrapper Black well and their work showed a distinctive urban influence that was unlike the intensely emotional vocals and heavily rhythmatic guitar back up, often bottleneck guitar style, of the Mississippi bluesmen. Carr was one of the first Northern bluesmen. Vocalion Records recorded him in 1928 and his first release "How Long, How Long Blues" was an immediate success. The innovation was in the sophisticated piano-guitar accompaniment and the wistfully sad mood. Music had moved from the lone guitarist in the fields to clubs with pianos for ready entertainment.

The success of his first release resulted in more Vocalion recordings. Although the Great Depression of the early 1930s slowed down the music industry, Carr's success continued, reaching a peak number of releases in 1934. Throughout the early '30s, Carr was one of the most popular bluesmen in America. While his professional career was successful, his personal life was spinning out of control, as he sunk deeper and deeper into alcoholism. His sudden death in 1935 at the age of 30 was surrounded with rumour and mystery. Today most historians believed he died of nephritis. A few weeks after Carr's death, his guitarist, Blackwell, recorded a memorial, "My Old Pal Blues".