Longtime musician Allan Carson plays "old-fashioned, cotton-field blues ... in the style of Skip James, Lightning Hopkins, ... and many others," he says.
Nowadays, the retired schoolteacher plays when he can at coffee houses and functions and is putting together a CD. This summer, he donated all the proceeds from his show to the Red Cross' Katrina Relief Fund.
"We all need to help," he says.
Carson remembers exactly when he first heard the blues. He was 5 years old and his family lived in Vancouver, Wash. His older brother was playing records and a song came on that stopped Carson in his tracks.
"I knew it was a special type," he says. "I never got over it."
Carson says he grew up "colorblind" because of all the great black blues musicians.
Carson started playing guitar and harmonica and sang the blues at a number of "hootenannies" and folk fests. He gave it up for a number of years, but about 30 years ago, he got interested again.
"I like playing for people, bringing the audience in," he says. " I give them a little history and introduce the (blues) artists.
"You should do the thing you love."
Friday, Oct. 7, and Saturday, Oct. 8, 7 to 9 p.m.
Long Beach Coffee Roasters where he'll "just be playing good old-fashioned blues."
Reach Allan regarding bookings at (360)665-2624