Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Tarheel Slim - No Time At All

Tarheel Slim  made some great almost-black rockabilly records for Bobby Robinson  in the early '60s, but these 1975 recordings for Pete Lowery's Trix label are loose, informal, and largely acoustic performances. The good news is that they're every bit as engaged as the earlier, rockier Fire sides, full of involved vocals and plucky guitar work that veers between single-note clusters and fleet fingerpicked runs. For all the rough hewness of these recordings, Slim's personality comes through in full force, which makes for one powerful blues album in the bargain.



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boogieman said...

Trix albums would have sounded better with a minimum of production. This one ain't too bad. The Big Chief Ellis LP in the same series (did you post it in the past?)makes for pretty dull listening.
Pete Lowry ain't no Leonard Chess or Jules Bihari. These guys knew how to make blues records that rocked.

Gyro1966 said...

I always pictured Pete Lowery as the typical bookish, scholarly, and unassuming college campus blues intellectual who doesn't care for loud music.