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Showing posts with label Magic Slim and the Teardrops. Show all posts
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Friday, August 24, 2012

Blind Pig Records artist: Magic Slim and the Teardrops - Bad Boy - New Release Review


Magic Slim has a new recording, Bad Boy, being released on August 28th and it just hit my desk. Slim, turning 75 this summer hasn't lost a step and sounds as good as ever. Opening with Eddie Taylor's Bad Boy, Slim gets a solid Chicago groove moving and along with his pure vocal style he delivers on guitar. His band is filled out with Jon McDonald on guitar and backing vocals, Andre Howard on bass and vocals and BJ Jones on drums and backing vocals. Following up with Denise LaSalle's Someone Else Is Steppin' In, Slim shares lead with Howard and this track is smooth. I Got Money is next up and Slim takes a little more time to lay down some more extensive guitar riffs. Sunrise Blues has an Elmore James feel but the guitar work is all Slim and without slide. Girl What You Want Me To Do gets a bit more of a rock feel but of course still solid blues roots. Hard Luck Blues slows the tempo down and Slim delivers what may be the best track on the recording with not only deep blues vocals but rock hard guitar work. Gambling Blues, the second of 3 original tracks on the recording takes a shuffle tempo and the band really plays down that road. Muddy Waters track Champagne and Reefer is respectfully covered and not just recited as a cover tune. Slim sings it like it is the first time it was performed and of course adds his trademark guitar work to the mix. J.B. Lenoir's How Much More Long is next on the menu and it gets a bit of an uptempo mix. Addition of backing vocals on this track along with the different tempo gives it a much different feel. Slim of course takes a cool guitar interlude on this track as well. Albert King's Matchbox Blues is played with exuberance and some guitar work that has a little King flair but still retaining Slims own identity. Lil Ed's Older Woman has a real nice lope to it and Slim gets a good chance to show his chops. Slim's composition Country Joyride is a rippin instrumental to wind down the recording. Magic Slim is one of a few traditional Chicago bluesmen in his generation and he's still bringing the heat.
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Monday, April 2, 2012

Magic Slim and the Teardrops w/ Alabama Pettis


Magic Slim (born Morris Holt, August 7, 1937, Grenada, Mississippi) is an American blues singer and guitaristMagic Slim (vocal & guitar) and The Teardrops Alabama Junior Pettis (guitar) Nick Holt (bass) and Nate Appelwhite (drums).
Magic Slim was forced to give up playing the piano when he lost his little finger in a cotton gin mishap. He moved first to nearby Grenada. He first came to Chicago in 1955 with his friend and mentor Magic Sam. The elder Magic (Sam) let the younger Magic (Slim) play bass with his band, and gave him his nickname.
Coleman ("Alabama Junior") Pettis (d. April 1, 1988)played rhythm guitar with Slim. Pettis and Slim seemed to be perfectly made for each other playing off of each others fillers.
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Friday, January 13, 2012

Magic Slim BMA nomination & "Mountain Stage" show

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MAGIC SLIM GETS BLUES MUSIC AWARD NOD, SET TO PERFORM ON 'MOUNTAIN STAGE'

Blind Pig recording artist Magic Slim has received yet another nomination for a Blues Music Award, as announced by the Blues Foundation. Over the course of his illustrious career, Slim has been nominated many times and has won a half dozen on the coveted awards, considered the highest accolade in the blues field. This year he's nominated for best "Traditional Blues Male Artist." Winners will be announced at the Blues Music Awards show in Memphis on May 10th.
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In other news, Magic Slim and the Teardrops will be traveling to Morgantown, West Virginia to perform on "Mountain Stage" on Sunday, January 15th. The nationally syndicated radio program records performances in front of live audiences and broadcasts them later on over 120 radio stations. They're also posted on the National Public Radio website and made available as a podcast which gets about 6,000 downloads a week. The January 15th show also features Johnny Winter and Ruthie Foster and will air at the end of April.

Magic Slim is the greatest living proponent of the intense, electrified, Mississippi-to-Chicago blues style that spawned much of the music played by modern blues artists and rockers. In the words of Elmore magazine, "As far as electric Chicago blues is concerned, he's the man. Period. Dude's a national treasure." No Depression said of his latest CD, Raising The Bar, "This is a record any blues aficionado should have in their library. However, this is also a record anyone with an ear for great music will immensely enjoy!" To hear samples, please click HERE.

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Thursday, September 22, 2011

Bob Corritore's 55th Birthday Celebration

Bob Corritore's 55th Birthday Celebration
with Magic Slim & the Teardrops at the Rhythm Room
Saturday September 24th, 2011, doors 8pm

Friday, August 5, 2011

Talk To Me Baby - Magic Slim And The Teardrops


Magic Slim (born Morris Holt, August 7, 1937, Grenada, Mississippi) is an American blues singer and guitarist
Magic Slim was forced to give up playing the piano when he lost his little finger in a cotton gin mishap. He moved first to nearby Grenada. He first came to Chicago in 1955 with his friend and mentor Magic Sam. The elder Magic (Sam) let the younger Magic (Slim) play bass with his band, and gave him his nickname.

At first Slim was not rated very highly by his peers.[4] He returned to Mississippi to work and got his younger brother Nick interested in playing bass. By 1965 he was back in Chicago and in 1970 Nick joined him in his group, the Teardrops.[4] They played in the dim, smoke-filled juke joints popular in Chicago in the 1970s on band stands barely large enough to hold the band.

Slim's recording career began in 1966, with the song "Scufflin'", followed by a number of singles into the mid 1970s. He recorded his first album in 1977, Born Under A Bad Sign, for the French MCM label. During the 1980s, Slim released titles on Alligator, Rooster Blues and Wolf Records and won his first W.C. Handy Award. In 1980 he recorded his cover version of "Mustang Sally".

In 1982 the guitarist John Primer joined the Teardrops and stayed and played for him for 13 years. Releases include Spider in My Stew on Wolf Records, and a 1996 Blind Pig release called Scufflin' , which presented the post-Primer line-up with the new addition of the guitarist and singer, Jake Dawson.

In 1994 Slim moved to Lincoln, Nebraska, where the Zoo Bar had been booking him for years. Slim is frequently accompanied by his son Shawn (Lil' Slim) Holt, an accomplished guitarist and singer.

In 2003 Magic Slim and the Teardrops won the W.C. Handy Award as 'Blues Band Of The Year' for the sixth time. Magic Slim and the Teardrops captured a live performance that was released on CD and DVD in August 2005, entitled Anything Can Happen.


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Monday, July 18, 2011

Chicage Blues: A Living History (The Revolution Continues) New Release Review


This is a very enjoyable double cd release of classic blues tunes played by the likes of Billy Boy Arnold, John Primer, Billy Branch, Carlos Johnson and Lurrie Bell with special guests Buddy Guy, James Cotton, Magic Slim and featuring Ronnie Baker Brooks, Zora Young and Mike Avery. They cover all of the bases from Chuck Berry to Lonnie Johnson. This is a cd that should be in everyones collection.
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Thursday, June 2, 2011

Going to Mississippi - Magic Slim & the Teardrops


Magic Slim (born Morris Holt, August 7, 1937, Grenada, Mississippi) is an American blues singer and guitarist. Magic Slim was forced to give up playing the piano when he lost his little finger in a cotton gin mishap.[2] He moved first to nearby Grenada. He first came to Chicago in 1955 with his friend and mentor Magic Sam. The elder Magic (Sam) let the younger Magic (Slim) play bass with his band, and gave him his nickname.

At first Slim was not rated very highly by his peers. He returned to Mississippi to work and got his younger brother Nick interested in playing bass. By 1965 he was back in Chicago and in 1970 Nick joined him in his group, the Teardrops. They played in the dim, smoke-filled juke joints popular in Chicago in the 1970s on band stands barely large enough to hold the band.

Slim's recording career began in 1966, with the song "Scufflin'", followed by a number of singles into the mid 1970s. He recorded his first album in 1977, Born Under A Bad Sign, for the French MCM label. During the 1980s, Slim released titles on Alligator, Rooster Blues and Wolf Records and won his first W.C. Handy Award. In 1980 he recorded his cover version of "Mustang Sally".

In 1982 the guitarist John Primer joined the Teardrops and stayed and played for him for 13 years. Releases include Spider in My Stew on Wolf Records, and a 1996 Blind Pig release called Scufflin' , which presented the post-Primer line-up with the new addition of the guitarist and singer, Jake Dawson.
In 1994 Slim moved to Lincoln, Nebraska, where the Zoo Bar had been booking him for years. Slim is frequently accompanied by his son Shawn (Lil' Slim) Holt, an accomplished guitarist and singer.

In 2003 Magic Slim and the Teardrops won the W.C. Handy Award as 'Blues Band Of The Year' for the sixth time. Magic Slim and the Teardrops captured a live performance that was released on CD and DVD in August 2005, entitled Anything Can Happen.