Gritty Blues with a Contemporary Sensibility
Whiteboy Slim is an explorer of the blues.
He says, “I see the Blues as a living art form - not museum exhibit. I think there is room for experimentation and creativity in the blues without losing respect for the roots.” In fact, as Slim points out himself, blues has always accepted outside influences and tackled the troubles of the day. Its very nature ensures that it will always be relevant. So, when he adds jazz or sings about the war in Iraq, Slim is taking the blues on the road it was meant to follow.
The first Whiteboy Slim CD, “HOMEMADE”, came out in 2003 with eleven original tracks, as a tribute to the Year of the Blues. “I tried to cover as many blues genres as I could here: from Delta blues to hip hop, the CD is still all blues.”
The second CD 2006’s “aka Whiteboy Slim” continued the exploration and added covers of blues classics, such as Muddy Water’s “She’s Into Something” and Taj Mahal’s “She Caught the Katy”. The CD garnered three wins at the Toronto Exclusive Magazine 2007 Music Awards, including Best Male Blues Artist, Best Blues Song (Hey Hold On, Stop), and Best Blues CD.
2007 also saw the release of “A Whiteboy Slim Christmas” which gave a worldwide audience relief from the tired old holiday favourites.
In 2010 Whiteboy Slim released “I’m Still Here” which debuted on the Canadian Roots Charts at #7. The title track “I’m Still Here” was named “Best Blues Song (provincial)” at the 2010 Toronto Exclusive Magazine Music Awards.
“Hey Little Girl”, the single from Whiteboy Slim’s new CD “I’m Still Here”, has won an honourable mention in Billboard Magazine’s 17th annual Billboard Starmaker WorldWide Song Contest.
“Whiteboy Slim Live At the Plains Hotel” was released in 2014. The Plains hotel was demolished in 2010-2011, but, from 2001 to 2007, Good Time Charlie’s Bar was bread and butter to local Blues artists, and a necessary stop on any national or international tour. From 2002 to 2007, Whiteboy Slim was backed in live performances by a loose, fluid, interchangeable collection of local, national, and international musicians. The band was known informally as “Whiteboy Slim’s ad hoc Blues Posse”.
The recordings on this album are all performances at Good Time Charlie’s Bar in the Plains Hotel in 2005. These tracks were recorded direct from the mixing board. The quality is varied – they were never intended to be released to the public – but ten years later, with the Plains a parking lot, it seemed like a good idea to put them out in the world./p>
The five year long collaboration between Whiteboy Slim and Dustin Bowyer saw the release of four CDs
In 2014 the long-awaited new Whiteboy Slim CD – “Box? What Box?” – was released. It is a two CD set containing 24 songs on two CDs. Volume 1, called “Bluesification”, is the kind of cutting edge Blues, Jazz, and Funk that you have come to expect from Whiteboy Slim. With Dustin Bowyer on bass, and Michael Libby and Greg Schatkowsky on drums, these tunes lay down great grooves, and feature the unique lyrics and guitar and vocals Whiteboy Slim is known for.
Volume 2, “Transgenred”, goes outside a new range of musical boxes. The songs, which were lying neglected, left over from other projects were too good to forget, so the album doubled in size and added Ska, Reggae, Americana, and Ambient grooves, along with more story-telling lyrics, and the added attraction of vocals by Cynthia Wells. Engineered by Larry Gusaas, and produced by maurice richard libby and Larry Gusaas, this is a fine-sounding recording.
Live off the Floor
Three CDs, recorded live off the floor in the studio and in different live venues, were released by Whiteboy Slim with the amazing one-man rhythm section, Justin Bowyer. They were produced and engineered by Larry Gusaas.
”Queen Street Blues” was released in 2015. Old School Blues with a dash of Reggae and Rock. Authentic as Hell, but not afraid to push the boundaries, this was the sixth release for this veteran bluesman, but the first recorded live in the studio with a one man rhythm section.
With “Diversity”, released in 2016, Whiteboy Slim returned with even more high-energy Blues—12 tracks of classic and original Blues, (and an occasional trip into Reggae, Rockabilly, and Jazz), plus two bonus tracks. Everything was recorded live—in the studio and at gigs by producer Larry Gusaas. Like 2015’s “Queen Street Blues” this recording is made with the amazing one-man rhythm section Dustin Bowyer, who plays bass and drums at the same time. It is easy to forget that there are only two people playing when you listen to the big full sound these two put out.
Released in 2017, “Quid Pro Quo: Songs of Sex, Love, and #Resistance!” is the third Whiteboy Slim project recorded “live off the floor” with the amazing one-man rhythm section Dustin Bowyer. Half the tunes were done at JamInTheAlley Studio in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, and the rest at gigs at the Bushwakker Brewing Company in Regina, Saskatchewan and The Moose Jaw Pride Community Fair, (all produced by Producer/Engineer Larry Gusaas.) This is the final collaboration between the two—a collaboration that lasted five years and resulted in three “live off the floor” projects and one (double) studio album.
Check out some of Whiteboy Slim’s blues. The links on the right let you play and download MP3s. They offer a taste of the CDs and the awesome live performance, but the only way to get the full picture is to get to a gig or buy the CDs.It’s an incredible assortment of songs from across Whiteboy Slim’s back catalogue, and almost acts as a guide to the multifaceted nature of the blues, whether you’re listening to it as you work, or as you drive down the highway, the tunes spilling out of your speakers.
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