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Shawn Holt & The Teardrops - Daddy Told Me (With John Primer) (2013)

10-10-2013, 17:25
Music | Blues

Shawn Holt & The Teardrops - Daddy Told Me (With John Primer) (2013)

Artist: Shawn Holt & The Teardrops
Title Of Album: Daddy Told Me (With John Primer)
Year Of Release: 2013
Label: Blind Pig Records
Genre: Chicago Blues
Format: MP3
Quality: 320 kbps, 44.1 Khz
Total Time: 48:45
Total Size: 114 Mb
Covers: Front

01. Fanny Mae (4:18)
02. Daddy Told Me (3:27)
03. Hold You Again (5:11)
04. Down In Virginia (3:23)
05. Buddy Buddy Friend (4:20)
06. Get Your Business Straight (3:15)
07. Mean Little Woman (3:48)
08. Before You Accuse Me (3:59)
09. Love Got Me Walkin (4:13)
10. Little By Little (3:15)
11. Please Don't Dog Me (5:19)
12. You Done Me Wrong (4:11)

With this debut CD on Blind Pig, Shawn “Lil’ Slim” Holt takes the helm of his late father’s band, Magic Slim and The Teardrops. He sings convincingly on all but two of the 12 tracks. Two of them are sung and played by former Teardrops member John Primer. The mixing presents a modern and vibrant sound.

What is striking about Shawn Holt’s guitar playing is that he sounds just like a chip off the old block. His guitar tone is fat, raw and unadulterated. He only uses a thumb pick for his guitar, with no special effects, and straight into his amplifier. It is indeed a guitar style that is reminiscent of his father’s, the late Morris “Magic Slim” Holt who passed away early this year (R.I.P. -- August 8th, 1937- February 21st, 2013).

Shawn wrote five tunes on this recording. Paying homage to his father, the Teardrops also recorded two of Magic Slim’s songs: “Buddy Buddy Friend” and “Please Don’t Dog Me”. This adds a nice nostalgic touch to a great CD. The remaining five songs are well-known covers. Daddy Told Me offers a list of fine no nonsense blues: From heavy lumps, old-school Chicago shuffles, swings, to low-down in-your-face slow blues. The Teardrops also use background vocals on a few tunes. These, though basic, are effective and help the tracks.

As with previous Magic Slim recordings on Blind Pig Records (10 CDs in the last 24 years!) the musical approach taken here is “less-is-more”. There are no horns or keyboard players on any songs, for instance. And it works admirably well. Not many quartet blues ensembles today can reproduce the unique and deceptively simple lumps and blues that Magic Slim used to play. This band (a quartet) is unique in that it can… and does! Effortlessly.

This CD comes with no liner notes. It could have helped the reader to get better acquainted with Shawn Holt. A lesser number of blues covers could have also been considered, though ultimately they do not take away from this entertaining CD.

The addition of John Primer, a previous Teardrops band member himself (13 years with Magic Slim, 1982-1995) also adds an exciting touch.

The passing of the torch from father to son is a success. A new era begins.

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