Inspired by local swamp bluesmen Silas Hogan
and Clarence Edwards
, Garner learned how to play guitar from his uncle and a couple of gospel-playing elders. After completing his military service in Korea, he returned to Baton Rouge and embarked on a part-time musical career (he worked at a Dow chemical plant for almost two decades until his recent retirement).
The British JSP
label released Garner's first two albums: Double Dues and Too Blues (the latter an ironic slap at an unidentified tin-eared U.S. blues label boss who deemed Garner's demo tape "too blues"). For You Need to Live a Little, Garner delivers creative originals detailing the difficulty of keeping "Four Cars Running" and the universal pain of suffering through "Another Bad Day." He is poised for 21st century blues stardom. Subsequent efforts include 1998's Standing Room Only, 1999's Baton Rouge, and 2000's Once Upon the Blues. ~ Bill Dahl, Rovi