Watermelon Slim and Super Chicken: Okiesippi Blues (NorthernBlues)

 |   |  <1 min read

Watermelon Slim and Super Chikan: I'm a Little Fish
Watermelon Slim and Super Chicken: Okiesippi Blues (NorthernBlues)

In Clarksdale, Mississippi I saw a singer/guitarist who called himself Howl N Mudd, which was certainly a man covering his bases. (That story is here.) The juke joint he played in was very popular (be sure to read that piece of graffiti I quote) and recently Elsewhere reviewed a DVD of Watermelon Slim whiuch was filmed there.

Slim has a great backstory -- more interesting than his DVD performance -- but here he gets typically earthy and real with fellow traveller Super Chikan (also on vocals, guitar, diddly-bo).

Slim sings “I don't take no five minute solos, but I still say what I gotta say” on Don't Wear No Sunglasses where he also says he “don't play with no effects, don't need no whammy bar”.

Nope, this is just fat-freed, good natured and most often improvised blues from diddly-bo and electric guitarists: raw, drummer-less and unadorned as this road-hardened duo like it.

Mostly originals -- if you've read Slim's story you can understand why he would write/speak a song entitled Northwest Regional Medical Center Blues -- but they also cover Mississippi Fred McDowell's With You Without You with Slim on kalimba (thumb piano). They also engage in a seven minute diddly-bo duel (which leans heavily on the theme from Peter Gunn).

Interesting but hardly essential. 

Like the sound of this? Then check out Blues in Elsewhere.

Share It

Your Comments

post a comment

More from this section   Blues articles index

Otis Taylor: Clovis People Vol 3 (Telarc)

Otis Taylor: Clovis People Vol 3 (Telarc)

First, there is no Vol 1 or Vol 2, but this addition to Taylor's catalogue of "trance blues" which follows the excellent Pentatonic Wars and Love Songs of last year is certainly a... > Read more

DARCY PERRY PROFILED (2013): Long years and hard miles

DARCY PERRY PROFILED (2013): Long years and hard miles

Because of so many other pressing commitments, Elsewhere missed acknowledging the blues journeyman Darcy Perry when he played a few shows with his band during Blue September. But he has... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

Dee's classic Kiwi cheese rolls

Dee's classic Kiwi cheese rolls

Dee says having spent the first 10 years of her life in Southland, every Kiwi should experience the warming delights of cheese rolls. Winter is a comin' on folks and Dee recommends this simple... > Read more

CRAIG UNGER INTERVIEWED 2004 : Inside the house of Bush and the house of Saud

CRAIG UNGER INTERVIEWED 2004 : Inside the house of Bush and the house of Saud

American author Craig Unger doesn't sound the lefty conspiracy-theory nutcase his opponents paint him. Back in New York after a European speaking tour supporting his House of Bush, House of... > Read more