Magic Slim & the Teardrops

Calgary Bluesfest (2005)

Magic Slim is the greatest living proponent of the intense, electrified, Mississippi-to-Chicago blues style that spawned much of the music played by modern blues artists and rockers. It's no wonder that Magic Slim and the Teardrops, considered by many "the last real Chicago blues band," have become one of the busiest and best-loved blues bands around. The high priest of blues voodoo taps into an elemental blues force that casts an enchanting spell on any lover of roots music. This is no-frills, unapologetic, straight-no-chaser, bewitching blues for the ages. Slim's live performances have become legendary, he fills the room with his slash and burn guitar, booming vocals, and an encyclopedic repertoire of hundreds of blues songs.

Slim established himself as a formidable player on the scene when he put his own band together called the Teardrops, launching a career that has garnered international recognition and acclaim. He's one of the most sought-after headliners for festivals, and Slim's live shows are so electrifying that Eddie Vetter invited Slim to open Pearl Jam's concert in Chicago after catching the Teardrops' performance at a local nightclub. Slim went on to build an impressive catalogue of recordings, winning him five W.C. Handy Awards.

Downbeat called Slim "a true all star; a guitarist of considerable authority whose lines snap like a crocodile's mighty jaw and a singer with a persuasive capacity for wrenching every bit of emotion out of his lyrics", but perhaps Living Blues said it best: "A Magic Slim disc is the next best thing to a Saturday night in a backstreet juke along with a half-pint of whiskey, a pig-ear sandwich, and a sexy companion. It's best if you can gather together as many of these accessories as possible - but the only indispensable one is the music."