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Album Review

Slim's only full album (his earlier recordings show up on several compilations) is one of the great "rediscovery" albums of the genre. Five of the 15 tracks here are with a full band, but the remaining solo performances are the real treasure trove. These range from full-stops-out one-man band numbers ("I'm Hunting Somebody" is a true classic) to unaccompanied harmonica pieces ("Mama Blues," "Jonah") to autobiographical recitations like "A Dip of Snuff and a Narrow Escape" that are utterly charming in their simplicity. It's well worth seeking out, as it's a true gem with loads of folkish charm.

Customer Reviews

Great Harmonica

This is a very solid blues album. Lots of harmonica for those who like it. The vocals are good and most of the stuff seems to be just a couple players, not much "big band" sound. My favorite songs are "Till I Got Sixteen," "Jack o'Diamonds," "This World is None of My Home," and "Christine Blues."

Obscure blues classic

Above average effort from unsung Arkansas bluesman. Walk, don't run, to your computer to buy this. Great songs and storytelling from Slim.

Biography

Genre: Blues

Elmon "Driftin' Slim" Mickle was a harmonica player from Keo, AR, a stone's throw away from Little Rock. He got his early harmonica training when he saw John Lee "Sonny Boy" Williamson and Yank Rachell perform and approached Sonny Boy to teach him the rudiments of the instrument. By the mid-'40s, he was playing the local juke joint circuit with Sonny Boy Williamson II and King Biscuit Boy drummer Peck Curtis while doing radio stints with stations KDRK and KGHI. In 1951, he had formed his first band...
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