Fervor Coulee – Donald Teplyske

He’s had a little success in a life mostly marked by failure…

From 2006-2010, I was pleased to receive a Watermelon Slim album annually, and to praise his vison for the blues for various publications. From the self-titled Watermelon Slim & the Workers album (2006) through Ringers (2010)—which I actually sought out and purchased—I was consistently impressed by the music William Homans and his band produced, highlighted perhaps by his epic Wheel Man (2007) release and the country-rich Escape From the Chicken Coop (2009).

I haven’t heard from his label in recent years, and as such the most recent Watermelon Slim albums escaped my notice. Until now, and the release of the aptly titled Church of the Blues.