Congratulations to Magic Slim, The Blues Foundation has nominated him for a 2009 Blues Music Award in the category of B.B. King Entertainer of the Year, Band of the Year & Traditional Blues Male Artist of the Year.
Hear an interview with blues legend Magic Slim as well as songs from his very impressive new CD on Blind Pig Records Midnight Blues. Magic Slim may not be slim anymore but neither is his music. It’s solid blues through and through. Even though there are several guest stars and cover songs make no mistake about this, Magic Slim is the blues master.
Magic Slim was born Morris Holt in Mississippi in 1937. He had a love for music from a young age. He started out playing piano, but had to switch to guitar when he lost his pinky finger in a cotton gin accident. When he was eleven years old he met Magic Sam, who gave him tips on his guitar playing, and was also the person to give him the nickname of Magic Slim. When he began he was playing bluegrass and country western music, but after hearing John Lee Hooker he switched to blues at about 16 years of age. When Slim was in Chicago in 1955, age 18, he played in Magic Sam’s band. He felt that Chicago was a too competitive environment for him, so he moved back to Mississippi to hone his skills. When he returned to Chicago five years later he had greatly improved his guitar skills. In 1977 he released his first record Born Under a Bad Sign. As of late, he has over 20 records out. In the 80′s Slim won the W.C. Handy award, now called the Blues Music Award and is considered one of the most prestigious awards a blues artist can receive. In 2003 Blues Music Awards named him “Blues Band of the Year.”
His new CD Midnight Blues has many great covers as well as guest stars including: Lil’ Ed playing slide guitar on Hound Dog Taylor’s “Give Me Back My Wig”, James Cotton plays harp on Muddy Water’s “You Can’t Lose What You Ain’t Never Had”, and Lonnie Brooks plays guitar on Willie Dixon’s “Spider in My Stew”. These covers are great, but what really shins are Magic Slim’s five new songs. One even featuring Elvin Bishop playing guitar on “Cryin’ Won’t Let You Stay.”
This new CD Midnight Blues is every bit as good as any of Magic Slim’s past CD’s. Blind Pig Records has been very wise over the years in supporting Magic Slim. This time they got Nick Moss to be the Producer. Nick did a great job in making everything sound good and songs work with each other. It’s an amazing record that you should definitely buy.
Songs in the podcast are:
What Is That You Got
Full Load Boogie
Let Me Love You
Cryin’ Won’t Let You Stay – with Elvin Bishop
I would like to thank Magic Slim for taking time to do this interview.
Thanks also to Martin Salzma for all his help in setting this up.
Thanks to Blind Pig Records for letting me play their songs.
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by A1 Mark