Elmore Magazine – Jim Hynes
Watermelon Slim is back and he’s on the Northern Blues label where he garnered most of his 20 Blues Music Award nominations and his two wins. After two obscure releases, Bull Goose Rooster (2013) and Golden Boy (2017), Slim is sure to turn heads again with this, his 13th, Church of the Blues. Co-produced by Slim and Chris Hardwick, it’s a mix of seven new originals and seven tributes to past masters such as Muddy Waters and Mississippi Fred McDowell. And, he’s joined by some of his favorite blues people: Bob Margolin, John Nemeth, Nick Schnebelen, Albert Castiglia, Joe Louis Walker and Sherman Holmes.