Shawn Holt review…September 25, 2013….

SHAWN HOLT AND THE TEARDROPS

DADDY TOLD ME

BLIND PIG RECORDS  BPCD  5156

FANNIE MAE–DADDY TOLD ME–HOLD YOU AGAIN–DOWN IN VIRGINIA–BUDDY BUDDY FRIEND–GET YOUR BUSINESS STRAIGHT–MEAN LITTLE WOMAN–BEFORE YOU ACCUSE ME–LOVE GOT ME WALKIN–LITTLE BY LITTLE–PLEASE DON’T DOG ME–YOU DONE ME WRONG

The blues world mourned the passing of Magic Slim on February 21, 2013, after a career that spanned some forty-plus years, over half of them affiliated with the fine folks at Blind Pig.  Slim’s son, Shawn Holt, now takes the reins as leader of The Teardrops, and he has just released “Daddy Told Me,” also on Blind Pig.  He contributes five originals to these twelve cuts, the remainder of which are songs that many may remember as staples of his father’s vast repertoire.

joining Shawn on this set are Teardrops Levi William on guitar, Chris Biedron on bass, and Brian Jones on drums.  Shawn can sho’ nuff pitch a boogie just like his daddy did, and you can hear that rompin’ and stompin’ beat in cuts such as “Get Your Business Straight,” “Love Got Me Walkin,” and the set-closer, “You Done Me Wrong.”  The latter two are Shawn originals that would make Pops proud, and probably exclaim, “And You KNOW THAT, man!”

Shawn can bring the slow heat, too.  Check out his smoldering version of “Please Don’t Dog Me,” and his own poignant tale of  life without the one you love, “Hold You Again.”

We had two favorites, too—one cover and one original.  John Primer takes the lead vocal in a sweet tribute to Slim with “Before You Accuse Me.”  And, our other favorite shows why Shawn is such an incredible player in his own right.  His father’s playing was raw, powerful, edgy, and, some might say, primal.  Shawn still has that fire and passion, but he draws from several contemporary styles in his playing, and on the loping shuffle, “Mean Little Woman,” he shows a lot of T-Bone Walker-styled flair.

Magic Slim knew how the blues was supposed to sound, and, perhaps much more importantly, how they were supposed to make you feel.  Shawn Holt has that deep affirmation as well, and, with “Daddy Told Me,” the torch has been successfully passed from father to son.  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow

 

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