First of all my hats off to Bill Moodie for calling it like he saw it on his comments on seeing an Artist like Fred Sanders having to play on the Famous Beale St. for tips in Handy Park.I first heard of Fred playing at Club Paradise in the 70's then Blues alley
and all the real Blues spots that Memphis had to offer.I recorded and played on Freds "Long Time Comming" cd in 1999 on Mempho Label then because of Mike "Mudcat"Lewis reminding me we're not here forever I pushed for Fred to do a cd for I55 Productions called "I Believe".I'm so glad we did because he passed before we could press it but his Blues will live on.Freds track record is quite different than most it wasn't trendy its was just Blues as Fred wanted to play it in his on voice,it was playfull,witty and down right dangerous if he wanted to go there.I was working with Jim Gaines as a gtr tech on a Luther Allison cd and watched Luther walk accross the street to see Fred in Handy Park for inspiration and come back to the studio and burn.
All I'm saying is Fred Sanders was an inspiration to us all during good times or bad because the Blues lives on.
PS. Freds funerial was a blessing to all that attended.
By Richard Alley
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