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Iverson “Louisiana Red” Minter Needs a Monument


Just received word about a situation that ought to be corrected from a friend, Brian DaSilva. Here is what he wrote:

A good friend from Hanover Germany messaged me to let me know that…. (well I’ll forward the message) We have seen that there is no gravestone on Louisiana Reds grave. Finally we reached today his son Francis Minter who told us that his pocketzs are empty because of the funeral costs. So we start to figure out how to finance a worthy tombstone (we estimate costs of 2.000 € plus). Maybe we will have to organize benefit gigs or what ever. WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO? Damn Man…. He was too poor to die. Here is a rare live recording from just months before his passing. LET THIS BE A CALL TO HONOR THIS GREAT BLUESMAN.

It’s me again. Perhaps someone reading this has some experience in fundraising or projects of this nature, and wants to help organize the rest of us to do the right thing. Any takers?

About mrtom1

More than a lifelong fan, I am a degenerate music fiend. I was a staff writer and contributing editor for the print version of Blues Revue for more than 15 years, and serve in the same capacity for the excellent new publication Blues Music Magazine ( I have contributed to the newsletters of the Golden Gate Blues Society and the Detroit Blues Society, and freelance, writing artist biographies, liner notes, and all types of promotional materials. I support the Sean Costello Memorial Fund for Bipolar Research ( and The Blues Foundation (, and encourage you to learn more about these important causes. Please support live music and buy CDs by your favorite artists! If you care to submit your CD, DVD/Blu-Ray, book, or other media for consideration and possible coverage, please contact me at tahyslop[AT]

One response to “Iverson “Louisiana Red” Minter Needs a Monument

  1. ATingle ⋅

    I had the pleasure of knowing Red for a few short years, through his long-time friend Bob Corritore. Once when Red was in Phoenix for a show, he and his wife Dora shared a meal with me at a favorite Italian restaurant. Red rose out of desparate conditions to a lifetime of giving to others, whether through his music or the orphanage work with Dora or probably the many other things he did that we never knew. To me, he seemed like a man of simple means, meaning that his thinking was not crowded with the material clutter than holds so many of us down. He was one cool dude. On Red’s last album made while he was alive, Memphis Mojo, is the song See That My Grave Is Kept Clean. Help the memory of Louisiana Red live on. Let’s get a marker on his resting place.


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