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Lil' Jimmy Reed Interview (2024)

Art Rocks!



Genre: Art

Place Covered: West Feliciana Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2024-04-12

Duration: 00:27:55

Subjects: Blues (music)


  • Fox-Smith, James Host
  • Kendrick, Dorothy Producer
  • Reed, Lil' Jimmy Interviewee
  • Davis, Albert Interviewee


This episode of the series “Art Rocks!” from April 12, 2024, features James Fox-Smith’s interview with Leon Atkins, aka Lil’ Jimmy Reed, an internationally acclaimed blues musician from Hardwood in West Feliciana Parish. He discusses: growing up in Hardwood; the blues musicians he grew up listening to; how he got the name Lil’ Jimmy Reed; learning to play the harmonica and guitar; his early career; the appreciation for blues all around the world; and his family. It also includes an interview with Albert Davis, Hardwood resident.