Bio & Discography
Little Victor has been called the King of Grit and the antithesis of meaningless virtuosity. His rich, quirky and inspired downhome blues became well-known to blues audiences through his work with the legendary Louisiana Red on the highly celebrated Back To The Black Bayou. This album introduced the world to the powerful musical chemistry between Louisiana Red and Little Victor as his producer/protégé/bandleader. The record featured guests including Kim Wilson, Bob Corritore and David Maxwell and won prestigious prizes like the Grand Prix Du Disque (the French equivalent of the Grammy Award), the renowned Record Critics' Award of Germany (the German equivalent of the Grand Prix Du Disque), numerous Best Album nods in different Countries and a pair of nominations at the 31st Blues Music Awards (the Grammy of the blues) in the USA. The album earned glowing reviews on 3 continents in important mainstream music magazines such as Rolling Stone and Down Beat. Little Victor has also produced and played on records by David Evans, Sophie Kay, Hubert Sumlin, RL Burnside, Robert Belfour and Tav Falco's Panther Burns –his work on Tav's long-awaited comeback album Conjurations was even noticed by MOJO Magazine.
Little Victor Mac (née Macoggi) had a gipsy-like childhood. His father was an American serviceman who was constantly on the move. Victor also leads a wanderers' life on both sides of the pond. Lots of lucky people have seen him perform in Memphis, Paris, Austin, London, Riga, Hollywood, Oslo, Phoenix, Madrid, Lisbon, Las Vegas, Helsinki, Los Angeles, Milan, Toronto, Berlin, New Orleans, Barcelona, Stockholm, San Antonio and Amsterdam. He has played and lived in many different places but doesn't really have any geographical attachment. He's an itinerant bluesman, an international artist and a man of the world. Victor began singing in 1981 at the tender age of 14 – hence the name "Little" Victor. His first band mostly featured songs from the Sun Records vaults. At 16, he picked up the blues harmonica and started to wail in the style of Jimmy Reed and Junior Parker. He learned the real blues from playing with real bluesmen in Memphis, Tennessee when he was still a young man.
He played on Beale Street six days a week with Uncle Ben Perry, the "King of Handy Park." Beale Street wasn't yet the tourist trap it is today. This is why Little Victor is sometimes billed as The beale street Blues Bopper. He also learned from Herman "Alabama" Alexander, Ben Wilson and Wilroy Sanders. Most of them were irascible characters and few other musicians wanted to play with them. They used distorted sounds, didn't make the"correct" changes and always seemed to be grouchy to their accompanists. Victor didn't mind. He knew this was the real stuff, the music that won't be found in any tablature books and can't be learned by sitting at home listening to records. Drifting down river to North Mississippi, Victor jammed in a variety of deep blues guitar tunings in juke joints with Frank Frost, RL Burnside, T-Model Ford, Jessie Mae Hemphill, Junior Kimbrough, Laura Dukes, Willie Foster and a host of other backwater bluesmen. He soaked up the blues feeling of these great men and women, applying it to his own repertoire and style.
Encouraged by blues scholars like Robert Palmer and David Evans, he also recorded experimental blues demo tapes in Memphis with Alex Chilton. Later, the legendary guitarist Hubert Sumlin played and recorded with Victor. In the 1990's, he lived for a while in Austin, Texas. In 1994, Victor recorded Cuttin' Out, a collection of original songs, followed in 1996 by Space Shuffle, featuring drummer Uncle John Turner and Hector Watt on guitar. By 1998, Little Victor had joined forces with Sophie Kay, a blues chanteuse and guitar player who was then filming her acclaimed documentary A Day With RL Burnside with Victor's help. Burnside himself gave them the idea to call their first record Cookin' With Gas. In 2001, the album Just Rockin' The Blues was released thanks to blues guru David Evans, who also wrote the liner notes. This album of vintage juke joint blues, recorded in superb Lo-fi mono, received a great response from the press, music fans and promoters. In December 2007, the E.P. Blues Shakedown came out on Witchcraft Records. In January 2008, Victor signed with cult label Wild Records of Hollywood. A few months later, he recorded Let's Get High for the label, which was officially released in August of 2009.
Little Victor has shared the bill and the stage with The Jelly Roll Kings, Snooky Pryor, Pinetop Perkins, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Billy Boy Arnold, The Black Keys, James Harman, T-Model Ford, Henry Gray, Lazy Lester and many more. He has played and toured with with the likes of RL Burnside, Robert "Wolfman" Belfour, The Hound Dog Taylor Tribute Band, Big Joe Louis, Little George Sueref, Tav Falco's Panther Burns, David Evans, Sophie Kay and many more. In 2004, he started working with Louisiana Red, one of his blues heroes. Their very successful association sadly ended when Red passed away in 2012. But Victor, who never stopped performing and recording on his own, is keeping up the good work. He recently recorded a new album in North Hollywood with Kim Wilson, Big Jon Atkinson, Carl Sonny Leyland, Nathan James, Bob Corritore, Steve Lucky, John Palmer and Brent Harding and The swamp-tonk sounds of Little Victor are known from the Rio Grande to the Danube and back again. You better watch your happy home, friends… Little Victor is coming to your town!
-Vincent Abbate (ROCKS Magazine)
Boogie All Night -El Toro Records (2010)
Memphis Mojo -(w/ Louisiana Red) Ruf (2010)
Let's Get High - Wild Records (2009)
Back To The Black Bayou (w/ Louisiana Red) Ruf (2009)
Rengaines (w/ Sophie Kay) Jano Records (2008)
Back To The Black Bayou (w/ Louisiana Red) - BluesTown (2008)
Blues Shakedown (vinyl only) - Witchcraft Records (2007)
Just Rockin' The Blues (w/ Sophie Kay) -Blue Rabbit ( 2001)
Cookin' With Gas (w/Sophie Kay) -Blue Rabbit (1999)
Space Shuffle -Blue Jay Records (1996)
Cuttin' Out -Blue Jay Records (1994)
VIDEOS & DVDs
A Day with RL Burnside -Cine-Rock/Planete (2000)
2012 Blues Music Awards -Blues Foundation (2011)