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Portrait of Mississippi Heat
Let’s Live it Up! is Mississippi Heat's third recording for Delmark, and 9th overall since this unique band formed in 1991. This diverse, but cohesive ensemble recorded 13 new original songs, eleven by leader and tasteful, creative harmonica player Pierre Lacocque, and a right on cover of Sugar Pie DeSanto’s catchy Veltone/Chess classic “I Want to Know!” They are fortunate to have not only one, but two of the blues world’s premier guitarists/singers adding their immense talent– John Primer and Carl Weathersby!!

Muddy Waters’ last guitarist, John “The Real Deal” Primer sings and plays on 3 cuts, including his original, “I Got Some News Today.” Another legendary Chicago area blues guitarist and part time member, Carl Weathersby and his powerful Albert King influenced guitar blasts can be heard throughout. Sensational vocalist Inetta Visor returns as lead singer on 10 tunes, including her deep, intense original, “She Died From A Broken Heart.” Newest Heat member, fantastic singer Rhonda Preston (Black Ensemble Theater) also contributes greatly to Pierre’s original, “Daggers & Spears” where she talks about “the Devil having a field day” with her! Keyboard whiz Chris “Hambone” Cameron (check out his website for his incredible resume’!), veteran blues trumpeter Kenny Anderson and the Chicago Horns, and percussionist Ruben Alvarez all add much texture to the Heat. Special mention must go out to killer lead/rhythm guitarist Giles Corey (Lubriphonic) and the rhythm section of bassist Stephen Howard (Bo Ramsey, William Elliot Whitmore) and Blues Music Award winner Kenny Smith on drums for their essential contributions.

From the earliest days of Mississippi Heat it was Pierre Lacocque's intention to assemble a group of the best Chicago blues veterans around to play original music in the tradition of the great Chicago blues bands of the 1950s. Mississippi Heat has gone through a lot of changes, but certain elements of the band's winning formula have remained constant: Pierre has remained the driving force behind the band. One of today's tastiest Chicago blues harp players, Pierre has a knack for soulful melodies, tone, and phrasing! His harmonica playing is rooted in tradition but is always fresh and void of cliche's.
 
 
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