Blues Blast – John Mitchell
Watermelon Slim’s thirteenth career album finds him in good company with a host of guests. As always, Slim’s distinctive vocals and slide/harp playing are at the heart of the material which is a blend of originals and covers from some of his greatest influences – Mississippi Fred McDowell, Muddy Waters and Howling Wolf amongst others.
Slim handles vocals, slide guitar and occasional harp, with John Allouise on bass and Brian Wells on drums. However, most tracks add guests: Bob Margolin (3 tracks), Albert Castiglia (2), Ike Lamb (2), Chris ‘Wick’ Hardwick (2), Nick Schnebelen and Joe Louis Walker (1 each) are on guitar; Red Young (6 tracks) and Chris Wiser (3) are on keys and John Nemeth (2 tracks) and Sherman Holmes (1) add vocals. The ‘Church Of The Blues’ horn section of Matt Blagg (trumpet), Chris Hicks (sax) and Kevin Webb (trombone) plays on three tracks; Chris was also the producer of the project.