Overdrive – Todd Dills

This past weekend, Feb. 2, 2019, longtime blues singer-songwriter and harmonica and master dobro player Bill “Watermelon Slim” Homans stopped at the Key Palace Theater in Redkey, Ind., on his tour in support of the new “Church of the Blues” record. The video above captures the opening of the first of two sets he played that night, featuring his own tribute to “A People’s History of the United States” author and historian Howard Zinn and the “Hard Times” track from Slim’s 2006 album with his then-band “The Workers.”

Slim’s “Escape from the Chicken Coop,” released a few years after, has been lauded as a 21st-Century classic of trucking music, featuring themes and subject matter pulled from his nearly two decades behind the wheel.