In the early 1980s, he became known in New York blues circles for his street performances with guitarist Charlie Hilbert as part of a free-form duo that he labeled "El Cafe Street". Riddles performed with Larry Johnson and Odetta as well as Hilbert. He recorded several albums with Johnson (one produced by Len Kunstadt for Spivey Records, one produced by Horst Lipmann) and a solo album on Spivey entitled "The Artistry of Nat Riddles". He also contributed several cuts to a Spivey series of LP's entitled "New York Really has The Blues". Nat Riddles was a blues harp mentor of Adam Gussow. Riddles died of leukemia in August 1991 in Richmond, Virginia at the age of 39. In 2007 the Modern Blues Harmonica record label issued a compilation album of Riddles, entitled El Cafe Street Live! Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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