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Alex "Easy Baby" Randle

Alex "Easy Baby" Randle was born in 1934 in Memphis, Tennessee. For the first seven years of his life, he lived in Michigan City, Mississippi, with his grandmother and uncle, before moving back to Memphis to start school. Both his grandmother and uncle were harmonica players, so it was natural for Easy Baby to pick up the harmonica himself. In the early 1950's, when Easy Baby was still a teenager, he began playing professionally around Memphis while working a variety of odd jobs, including installing floors and shining shoes.

Playing in the juke joints and gambling houses in Memphis, he befriended Howlin' Wolf, James Cotton, and Joe Hill Louis, among others. In 1956, Easy Baby moved to Chicago to make a change. Throughout the 1950's, 1960's, and 1970's Easy Baby sang and played all over Chicago, while working as a mechanic. These days, Easy Baby only performs occasionally -- his most notable recent appearances were at the Chicago Blues Festival in both 1998 and 2000. Over twenty years later, and despite infrequent public appearances, Easy Baby has gotten even better, both as a harp player and as a vocalist. Perhaps due to the limited movement that his arthritis permits, Easy Baby has stripped down his harp playing, leaving only the essence. Particularly on the slower numbers, he delivers lush, melodic phrases with a mournful tone no young harp player can match. On four of the songs presented here, fans of chromatic harmonica will be pleased to hear Easy Baby explore that instrument with a depth and sensitivity unmatched since Little Walter's era.
As for his singing, Easy Baby has developed a very distinctive style. On the slow numbers, he unleashes a pronounced and somewhat eerie vibrato in his voice that barely exists in his earlier recordings. When its time to pick up the tempo we hear an enthusiastic "Yeah, Baby, You Fine!" as if he's leaning out the window of a '72 Cadillac, ogling a pair of legs. And when Johnny B. or Eddie Jr. is taking a solo, you can hear Easy Baby groan in approval... or perhaps Easy Baby is moaning in sympathy with the guitarist's expression of pain... you'll have to decide for yourself. Easy Baby completely reveals himself in this music. He is perfectly comfortable in The Blues.

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