Rambles.net – Jerome Clark

Though he didn’t have to, William Homans III, born 70 years ago in upper-class Boston, has lived a life that befits a bluesman: soldier, farmer, truck driver and practitioner of other earthbound forms of employment. He’s also worked as newspaper reporter and political activist. He’s described here as “Mensa-smart.”

The “Watermelon” in the name derives from a stint as a watermelon grower at one time in a colorfully varied career. But what brings him into this space is his recording history which began in 1973 and since then has consisted largely of blues albums. He practices the genre on harmonica and electrified slide-resonator guitar, the latter in particular bestowing a hard-core, rooted feeling on his performances.