Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Review -- WATERMELON SLIM AND THE WORKERS -- No Paid Holidays

NO PAID HOLIDAYS
Watermelon Slim and the Workers
Northernblues Music
9-out-of-10
One thing you get when you spin a Watermelon Slim CD is honest, straight forward blues. This guy is a blues veteran, and he doesn't need to play around with the experimental edges of the blues to get attention. He simply goes to the heart of the blues and embraces it completely.This is smoky, bar room, feel good, get a little bit dirty, blues.Slim's voice is easily recognizable, with that little southern drawlish timbre, and it fits the blues perfectly.The fact that Slim can wail a harp, add in sweet slide guitar, and add some electric and acoustic dobro, and you have a multi-talented blues phenom.The Workers have been part of Slim's story for years, and they mix with their front man ideally.Special guests David Maxwell and Lee Roy Parnell are on hand for a couple of cuts too, with both joining in on Bubba's Blues.The result is from the opening Blues For Howard, through cuts such as Call My Job and Dad In The Distance, this CD is a winner. Other top cuts include And When I Die, which uses minimal instrumentation and great harp work, Gearzy'd Boogie and The Bloody Burmese Blues.It doesn't hurt either that Watermelon Slim serves up a fat 14 song effort here. Talk about value for your CD dollar.No Paid Holidays is also a major step for Watermelon Slim, coming in a full two points higher than his previous CD Wheel Man reviewed here back in May 2007. A definite blues gem to seek out. Check Slim out at /www.watermelonslim.com
-- CALVIN DANIELS

-- Review first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper Dec. 3, 2008 - Yorkton, SK. Canada

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