R.L. Griffin

b. 1943, Kilgore, Texas, USA. In 1967, Griffin arrived in Dallas en route to Los Angeles, where he had an uncle. He was already an established musician in his home town, having played drums in his high…
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b. 1943, Kilgore, Texas, USA. In 1967, Griffin arrived in Dallas en route to Los Angeles, where he had an uncle. He was already an established musician in his home town, having played drums in his high school music director’s jazz band, and led his own group, the Carvettes. While in Dallas, he sat in on drums with Big Bo & The Arrows, a popular local group with a number of records on Duchess and Gay-Shel. Griffin stayed on, joined the Arrows and became part of the Dallas music scene. He made his first record, ‘I’ll Follow You’, on Gay-Shel with the band. After leaving the Arrows to pursue a singing career, he often worked with Freddie King, who also came from east Texas. He took Bobby Bland as an early model and later became friendly with Z.Z. Hill. In 1979, he recorded extensively with Al ‘TNT’ Braggs as his producer, with Braggs’ brother James, Andrew Jones and Smokin’ Joe Kubek playing guitar on various tracks. A number of singles were released on the Classic label, including ‘There Is Something On Your Mind’, ‘It Don’t Have To Be This Way’ and ‘I Don’t Think I’m Going To Make It’. Griffin opened his first club, the Blues Alley, in 1985, later changing its name to the Blues Palace. In 1991, he made a well-received appearance at the Utrecht Blues Estafette.