During the early 1900’s, Arkansas was a breeding ground for some of the world’s greatest bluesmen... Howling Wolf, Albert King, Larry “Totsy” Davis, Robert Lockwood Jr. and others. With his unique style of acoustic guitar, soulful, emotive vocals, and energetic stage shows, Lucious Spiller easily belongs on this list. After relocating to Arkansas from Missouri, Lucious met and performed with many of Arkansas’ blues stars like Larry Davis(co-writer of "Texas Flood"), who would become one of Lucious’ closest friends and mentors.
An Arkansas soon-to-be legend, Lucious is an intense, flamboyant blues showman. He is equally comfortable playing the deepest, most heartfelt blues or rocking, good-time party music. His CD, aptly titled “Born to Sing the Blues”, was self-produced and engineered by Larry Corsett at 12 Bar Studio in St. Louis, MO. It is an energized mix of new and old school blues injected with a tough contemporary edge. The 12 songs (seven written by Lucious) are a combination of straight-ahead blues, emotion-packed ballads, and a sampling of Blues classics that have been “Spillerized“. All are vividly brought to life by ferocious and unflinching guitar riffs and improvs, his power-packed vocals and unlimited energy, hard-earned by his years of experience. Lucious takes his listeners on “an inspired trip to that rollicking crossroads of the blues".
Lucious’ star continues to rise. He has been featured in Living Blues magazine and in the documentary “True Delta” , a riveting look at the vanishing bluesmen who lived the blues in their daily lives, and their desire to pass the torch to the next generation. He will appear in the premier episode of “Moonshine and Mojo Hands” a blues-genre internet series scheduled to begin in May 2014. He was a finalist in the Blues Federation’s International Blues Challenge in 2012, and in 2014, placed 2nd in the IBC’s solo and duo category, which had 101 entrants from all over the world.
With his blazing guitar work, his room-filling vocals, his self-defined blues style (a forceful mix of blues, rock, and gospel), and his boundless energy, Lucious is one of the finest practitioners of the blues today.