Raising the Bar

Raising the Bar

by Magic Slim & the Teardrops


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Raising the Bar

If any single thing could be said about Magic Slim & The Teardrops, the watchword that prevails is consistency. Over eight CDs on the German Wolf label and the same total for Blind Pig Records -- compilations notwithstanding -- this group not only delivers time and time again with their electric contemporary urban blues, but continually reminds us of the forefathers that preceded them in making Chicago a focal point for this music. From classics by Elmore James, Roosevelt Sykes, Robert Nighthawk, J.B. Hutto, Clay Hammond, and Little Milton, Slim and the band put their foot to the wood and never let up on the gas, steaming through these classic blues songs with a rock & roll attitude. Three originals by Slim also reflect the same no-nonsense posture, but add updated, doubting Thomas inquiries, as on the shuffle rocker "Do You Mean It?," "Shame," and the sly Chi-Town blues of "Treat Me the Way You Do." While the smart, well-chosen material is the key to their success, it's how they play with utter confidence, energy, passion, and drive that sets this band apart from all others. Kudos to second guitarist Jon McDonald, bassist Andre Howard, drummer B.J. Jones, and Morris Holt (aka Slim) for fortifying this music without any apologies. This is not news for the blues community who are well aware of how great Magic Slim & the Teardrops have always been, but in light of them just getting better and better, someone in Chicago should build a monument to this group for their determination, and their ability to do the city proud worldwide. Raising the Bar is yet another excellent effort made by blue-collar workers, deserving of universally wide recognition, and comes highly recommended without a doubt.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/18/2010
Label: Blind Pig
UPC: 0019148513624
catalogNumber: 5136
Rank: 69368

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Magic Slim & the Teardrops   Primary Artist
Magic Slim   Guitar,Vocals
B.J. Jones   Drums,Background Vocals
Jon McDonald   Guitar,Background Vocals
Andrew Howard   Bass Guitar,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

J.B. Lenoir   Composer
Robert Nighthawk   Composer
Roosevelt Sykes   Composer
Clay Hammond   Composer
Alex Atkins   Composer
Blaise Barton   Engineer
Milton Campbell   Composer
Edward Chmelewski   Executive Producer
Dave Clark   Composer
Jerry del Giudice   Executive Producer
Elmore James   Composer
Brian Leach   Engineer
Timothy Matthews   Composer
Al Jackson   Composer
Michael Blakemore   Producer
Morris Holt   Composer

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