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Monday, November 21, 2011

Rollin and Tumblin - Duketown Slim

Duketown Slim aka Imco Ceelen sold his soul years ago ... not the dark prince, but to pure and honest blues. Alongside the waterfront with a bottle of wine and a melancholy adolescent heart, he withdrew his first "blue note" on a harmonica, which, like a spark in a barrel of gunpowder, resulted in an explosion of passion and boundless love for the genre.
There is much to tell about the Brabant town of 's-Hertogenbosch (also known as Duketown), it certainly has been a warm and open blues cradle for Imco and a lot of other blues musicians.
During his musical journey he came into contact with a number of local celebrities like Big Bo and the talented harp player Ruurd van der Vegt who took him under their wing without any reservations and taught him the joy of the acoustic and electric blues. RUURD&CO
Before Duketown Slim really went "solo" he has preached the blues in many different configurations. As a Harp player he played in the bluesband Rambling Men and the rock/folk band Kicking Bill, as a singer/harp player in the acoustic duo B. Bound & Banker, and occasionally as a studio musician. He also visited a lot of local jam sessions where he really learned to play the blues, for learning to feel the blues is impossible without the input of others, whether it are fellow musicians or people in the audience.
Thru this wise lesson Imco created a unique, conversational style, which allows him to pull his audience into his blues reality. me01 Besides playing a lot of old blues songs, straight from the Delta, Duketown Slim recently started to write his own songs.
Who knows, maybe soon we can welcome a brand new debut-album into the blues world of this small country.
Imco has now moved to Utrecht and regularly preaches the words of Robert Johnson, Big Bill Broonzy, Skip James, Muddy Waters and many other legendary bluesgurus.
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