Henry Turner, Jr.

Our Living Legend gives a look behind the scenes of the Baton Rouge Blues Era and its impact on the music industry. A teenage Henry Turner, Jr. began his career in funk and blues music traveling the juke joint circuit accompanied by Zack the Cat, a shotgun in the trunk, 38 under the seat, 22 in the pocket and a six inch knife type of bluesman. Our Living Legend talks about the Listening Room, a new type of creative art venue; speculates on what happened to Michael Jackson; cultural economy and the reasons for the Baton Rouge Soul Food Festival.




Count Time Podcast Living Legend Henry Turner, Jr.


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Selected quotes and notes from Count Time Podcast with LD Azobra Interview with Henry Turner, Jr.

Good evening. Good evening. Good evening it’s 4:00 PM. Stand up it’s count time, time for every man and woman to stand up and be counted. Welcome to another edition of Count Time podcast. I am brother LD Azobra. Thank you for joining us today.

Well, up here in Louisiana and you know what time of the year it is now. It’s getting hot. The spring is here, the animals are moving there’s. A lot of things will happen, but in Louisiana, it’s blues season. Yes, it is. It’s that time of the year. We gonna celebrate. One of Louisiana’s greatest culture is the music and dance and blues in Louisiana. And we have here today our music business entrepreneur. The legendary guitar player, Mr. Henry Turner Jr. Welcome to Count Time.

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Amen. It’s great to be here on Count Time. Brother Lyman. I’ve been following your legacy, though, man. So it’s a pleasure to be on the set with you, man, and really being able to be of service to the community.

That’s what you have been doing for so long, serving the community. And that’s why we chose you as our special guest to kick the blues season off with blues fest starting, then we’re going to have the soul food festival. And we’re going to get to all this good information. But first we’re going to kind of start breaking down the history, the story of Henry Turner Jr.

Baton Rouge Soul Food Festival

The 6th Annual Baton Rouge Soul Food Festival will be held May 20 and 21 at Riverfront Plaza, 300 S. River Road, Baton Rouge, LA 70802, from 11:00am to 8:00pm daily. The family friendly event is free to the public. It features blues, soul, R&B, gospel and Christian music, along with a Vendor’s Village, a judged Soul Food Cooking Contest and Pioneer Award for contributions to the Soul Food industry.
A Pre-party will be held on Thursday, May 18 at Henry Turner Jr.’s Listening Room located at 2733 North Street, Baton Rouge, LA 70802, from 7:00pm midnight. Admission is $30.00 and includes a Soul Food buffet and No-host bar. For more information call 225-802-9681 or visit www.brsoulfoodfest.com.