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When people talk about Louisiana swamp blues, this is what they're talking about. Excello Records' first foray into albums came with this wonderful collection of singles by Lightnin' Slim largely issued around the success of the title track, an R&B hit in 1960. "Long Leanie Mama," "My Starter Won't Work," "It's Mighty Crazy," "Hoo-Doo Blues," "Tom Cat Blues," "Lightnin' Troubles," "G.I. Slim" and "Feelin' Awful Blues" are all certified swamp blues classics and about as lowdown as the genre can get possibly get.
|Lightnin' Slim - Bad Luck and Trouble US Single 1954|
Lightnin' Slim (March 13, 1913 - July 27, 1974) was an African-American Louisiana blues musician, who recorded for Excello Records and played in a style similar to its other Louisiana artists. Blues critic ED Denson has ranked him as one of the five great bluesmen of the 1950s, along with Muddy Waters, Little Walter, Howlin' Wolf and Sonny Boy Williamson.
Lightnin' Slim was born Otis V. Hicks on a farm outside St. Louis, Missouri. moving to Baton Rouge, Louisiana at the age of thirteen. Taught guitar by his older brother Layfield, Slim was playing in bars in Baton Rouge by the late 1940s.
He debuted on J. D. "Jay" Miller's Feature Records label in 1954 with "Bad Luck Blues" ("If it wasn't for bad luck, I wouldn't have no luck at all"). Slim then recorded for Excello Records for twelve years, starting in the mid-1950s, often collaborating with his brother-in-law, Slim Harpo and with harmonica player Lazy Lester.
|Lightning Slim - "G I" Slim US Single (1959)|
In the 1970s, Slim performed on tours in Europe, both in the United Kingdom and at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland where he was often accompanied by Moses "Whispering" Smith on harmonica. He last toured the UK in 1973, with the American Blues Legends package.
In July 1974, Slim died of stomach cancer in Detroit, Michigan, aged 61.
Slim has been cited as a major influence by several contemporary blues artists, including Captain Beefheart, who in a 1987 radio interview with Kristine McKenna, stated that Lightnin' Slim was the only artist he could recommend somebody listening to.
01. Rooster Blues 2:33
02. Long Leanie Mama 2:10
03. My Starter Won't Start 2:50
04. G.I. Slim 2:29
05. Lightnin's Troubles 2:35
06. Bed Bug Blues 2:42
07. Hoo-Doo Blues 2:21
08. It's Mighty Crazy 2:38
09. Sweet Little Woman 2:09
10. Tom Cat Blues 2:44
11. Feelin' Awful Blues 2:58
12. I'm Leavin' You Baby 2:28
13. Bad Luck trouble 2:54 (1956)
14. I'm a Rolling Stone 2:27 (1957)
15. I'm Evil 2:22 (1962?)