Described as one of the best soul singers on the west coast, Terry Evans will perform from 9 p.m.-midnight as part of the Lil’ Bayou’s mini concert series.

Evans began his musical journey in Vicksburg, Mississippi, in the heart of the delta, where he was born. He sang tenor, baritone and bass in the church choir as a young person, joking now that he wasn’t allowed to sing "rough stuff" like rock and roll in those days, only gospel.

In the sixties, Evans worked with an a cappella group called The Knights, touring through 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 and soon became a prolific writer. His songs have been recorded by Pops Staples as well as the late, great Louis Jordan, among others.

For years, the soulful singer was on 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. In the early seventies he teamed up with singer Bobby King. They toured as a duo, appearing at many prestigious clubs and festivals.

Evans sang lead vocal on "Down in Mississippi" on the "Crossroads" movie soundtrack album, with Cooder singing the title song. In the actual film, Evans sings the title song. In addition to his work with other artists, Evans recorded two albums with Bobby King, as well as six of his own.

Ry Cooder has said that he always thought his long-time singer, Terry Evans , made a better "front man." To see him perform is to understand why. Terry 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.

The Lil’ Bayou is located at 20 N. Holladay Drive in Seaside. For more information call (503) 717-0624 or visit www.lilbayou.com.

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