Travelin’ bluesman set for Sunday show downtown

Published 1:00 am Saturday, November 12, 2011

A bluesman has returned to his hometown and will perform with his band Sunday at a downtown restaurant.

Terry Evans, 73, has included the River City in his 2011 tour, and will be singing from 5 to 9 p.m. at LD.’s on Mulberry Street.

“It’s always a pleasure to come home,” said Evans, who was born in Vicksburg but left in the 1960s. “I eat good and get to see my sister and nieces and nephews.”

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Evans, who started out singing in the church choir, liked to listened to Elmore James, Little Walter, Albert King and B.B. King — the guys he credits for making him want to become a singer.

“I started out with ‘DooWop’ on street corners, with The Knights,” he said. “We used to do shows with The Red Tops (a Vicksburg-based group of the 1950s) and performed at the Blue Room (downtown).”