You Just Can't Keep Me Down
You just can't keep Alvin Draper down. Even through his recent battle with throat cancer he has never stopped playing his great music. Now Alvin has been awarded Best Male Blues Vocalist of the year by the West Coast Blues Hall of Fame (2008). Beatrecords is pleased to present his new CD with what we feel are some of Alvin Draper's best performances. Alvin Draper was born in Lubbock, Texas, but raised in Goree where his grandmother had a cafe. Local farm workers would come into the cafe on weekends for a good time and some great music. Lightnin' Hopkins, Sonny Boy Williams, Little Walter , a href='cdbaby.com/all/beatrecords' See other Beatrecords Cuts Gate Mouth Brown, and John Lee Hooker were just some of the legendary musicians who would show up regularly. Alvin's Father, Richard Draper, was a guitar and voice teacher to these giants of the blues, and Alvin is directly related to Lightnin' Hopkins. Over the years, Alvin Draper has played with Little Willie John, T-Bone Walker, Sam Cooke, Gate Mouth Brown, and the Chilites, among others. Alvin moved to Palo Alto, California, in 1968. With a sound reminiscent of B.B. King-Freddie King-Albert King all rolled together, Blues aficionados can catch him playing on Sundays down at J.J's in Milpitas, CA.