SEASIDE - Hailed as "one of the best soul singers on the West Coast," Terry Evans performs from 9 p.m. to midnight Saturday, May 13, as part of Lil' Bayou's Summer Concert Series.
Evans' musical journey began in Vicksburg, Miss., in the heart of the Delta, where he was born. He was in the church choir as a young person and used to sing tenor, baritone and bass. He jokes that he wasn't allowed to sing the "rough stuff" like rock 'n' roll in those days, and that he was only allowed to sing gospel.
In the '60s, Evans worked with an a cappella group called The Knights, touring throughout the South in clubs and juke joints. From there, he was lured to the West Coast, where he first picked up the guitar, started writing music and soon became a prolific songwriter.
For years, the singer was one of Los Angeles' foremost session vocalists, receiving a gold record for his work on John Fogarty's "Eye of the Zombie" and recording with Ry Cooder, Joan Armatrading, John Lee Hooker, Boz Scaggs, Maria Muldaur, Pops Staples and many other well-respected artists.
Cooder has said that he always thought that as his longtime singer, Evans made a better "front man." To see him perform is to understand why, commented John Sowa, chef and owner of Lil' Bayou. "Evans is one of the most dynamic soul and blues singers performing today, writing and singing about all aspects of human emotion, and creating a connection with his audience in the process," Sowa said.
Lil' Bayou is located at 20 N. Holladay Drive. Admission to Saturday's concert is $7.