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Tuesday, August 1, 2023

House Blues artist: John Primer - Teardrops for Magic Slim - New Release Review

 I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Teardrops For Magic Slim, from John Primer and it's a strong blues release. Opening with JB Lenoir's classic, Mama Talk To Your Daughter, Primer on guitar and vocal really gets the house rocking. With Jon McDonald on 2nd guitar, Earl Howell on drums, Danny O'Connor on bass and Lenny Media on drums, this is an excellent opener. On Jimmy McCracklin's Every Night, Every Day, Primer slows the pace and grinds in this solid blues number. Primer has a real good voice for this style of blues and it also works well with his playing style. On shuffle, Ain't Doing Too Bad, Primer takes his guitar for a nice walk and fans Elmore James like riffs creating a nice groove. His soloing is fluid and tight. Elmore James' It Hurts Me Too is one of my favorite tracks on the release with Primer making the track his own. Yes, the tune is all Elmore but the riffs are all Primer. It's obvious that he's on his own train and even his slide playing that would fall into James' wheelhouse is all Primer. Shawn Holt, Slim's son even joins on this track contributing vocal and guitar. Very nice. Guitar Slim's terrific track, The Things I Used To Do is up next and Primer holds the traditional individual note note articulation but puts his own spin on when soloing. Another great addition to the release. Wrapping the release is Little Milton's The Blues Is Alright, with it's infectious blues vamp. Primer on vocal leads the way and the feel is Chicago all the way.  A great jam with plenty of guitar riffs, this is an strong closer for a solid tribute to Magic Slim. 

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