Lightnin' Slim

Born: 
03/13/1913
City: 
St. Louis
Region: 
MO
Country: 
USA
Died: 
07/27/1974
Years Active: 
1930's-1974
Instruments: 
Guitar, Vocals
Associated Artists: 

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The acknowledged kingpin of the Louisiana school of blues, Lightnin' Slim's style was built on his grainy but expressive vocals and rudimentary guitar work, with usually nothing more than a harmonica and a drummer in support. It was down-home country blues edged two steps further into the mainstream; first by virtue of Lightnin's electric guitar, and secondly by the sound of the local Crowley musicians who backed him being bathed in simmering, pulsating tape echo. As the first great star of producer J.D. Miller's blues talent stable, the formula was a successful one, scoring him regional hits that were issued on the Nashville-based Excello label for over a decade, with one of them, "Rooster Blues," making the national R&B charts in 1959. Combining the country ambience of a Lightnin' Hopkins with the plodding insistence of a Muddy Waters, Slim's music remained uniquely his own, the perfect blues raconteur, even when reshaping other's material to his dark, somber style. He also possessed one of the truly great voices of the blues; unadorned and unaffected, making the world-weariness of a Sonny Boy Williamson sound like the second coming of Good Time Charlie by comparison. His exhortation to "blow your harmonica, son" has become one of the great, mournful catchphrases of the blues, and even on his most rockin' numbers, there's a sense that you are listening less to an uptempo offering than a slow blues just being played faster. Lightnin' always sounded like bad luck just moved into his home approximately an hour after his mother-in-law did.

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Concerts

Event Datesort descending Venue City Region Country
Lightnin' Slim 02/26/1971 Chess Mate Detroit Michigan USA
Lightnin' Slim 02/27/1971 Chess Mate Detroit Michigan USA
Detroit Discovery 1971 08/22/1971 Detroit Institute of Arts Detroit Michigan USA
Lightnin' Slim / Doctor Ross 10/09/1971 The Alley Ann Arbor Michigan USA
Lightnin' Slim / Doctor Ross 10/10/1971 The Alley Ann Arbor Michigan USA
Lightnin' Slim 04/14/1972 Blind Pig Ann Arbor Michigan USA
Lightnin' Slim 04/15/1972 Blind Pig Ann Arbor Michigan USA
Lightnin' Slim 04/28/1972 Blind Pig Ann Arbor Michigan USA
Lightnin' Slim 04/29/1972 Blind Pig Ann Arbor Michigan USA
Lightnin' Slim 05/31/1972 Blind Pig Ann Arbor Michigan USA
Lightnin' Slim 06/01/1972 Blind Pig Ann Arbor Michigan USA
Lightnin' Slim 06/02/1972 Blind Pig Ann Arbor Michigan USA
Lightnin' Slim 07/07/1972 Blind Pig Ann Arbor Michigan USA
Lightnin' Slim 07/08/1972 Blind Pig Ann Arbor Michigan USA
Lightnin' Slim 08/24/1972 Blind Pig Ann Arbor Michigan USA
Lightnin' Slim 08/25/1972 Blind Pig Ann Arbor Michigan USA
Lightnin' Slim 08/26/1972 Blind Pig Ann Arbor Michigan USA
Lightnin' Slim 09/04/1972 Mackinac Jack's Ann Arbor Michigan USA
Lightnin' Slim 09/05/1972 Mackinac Jack's Ann Arbor Michigan USA
Ann Arbor Blues & Jazz Festival (Evening) 09/10/1972 Otis Spann Memorial Field Ann Arbor Michigan USA
Lightnin' Slim 09/13/1972 Mackinac Jack's Ann Arbor Michigan USA
Lightnin' Slim 09/14/1972 Mackinac Jack's Ann Arbor Michigan USA
Lightnin' Slim 09/15/1972 Mackinac Jack's Ann Arbor Michigan USA
Lightnin' Slim / Washboard Willie 09/16/1972 Mackinac Jack's Ann Arbor Michigan USA
Lightnin' Slim 12/21/1972 Mackinac Jack's Ann Arbor Michigan USA

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