Chickenbone Slim review…September 23, 2017….

CHICKENBONE SLIM

THE BIG BEAT

LO FI MOB RECORDS

THE BIG BEAT–LONG WAY DOWN–HEMI DODGE–VODKA AND VICODIN–LONG LEGGED SWEET THING–DO YOU LIKE IT?–ME AND JOHNNY LEE–MAN DOWN–BREAK ME OFF A PIECE

Chickenbone Slim is the alter-ego of Larry Teves, a San Diego-based musician who didn’t pick up a guitar until 2011 after years of playing bass and singing in area blues and rockabilly bands.  He’s played with and been mentored by West Coast players such as Tomcat Courtney, Scottie Blinn, and Big Jon Atkinson, and Big Jon joins the fun on Slim’s second release, “The Big Beat.”

These nine cuts are all-original, and the sound and tone of the project has that vintage Chess or Sun Studios sound, altho it was recorded at Kid Andersen’s Greaseland Studios in Hayward, CA.

With Slim on vocals, there are The Biscuits.  Big Jon is on guitar, bass, and harp, Marty Dodson is on drums,  with Scot Smart on bass, and he gets a cool guitar solo on Slim’s story of a man who’s falling in love, but quickly realizes it’s a “Long Way Down” to the bottom!  “Long Legged Sweet Thing” rides an echo-effect vocal over Big Jon’s harp, with a nod to Chess and Howlin’ Wolf, while the stutter-step beat of “Do You Like It?” virtually describes by itself what the cool cats are talkin’ about when they say “West Coast jump-blues!”

We had two favorites, too.  Slim plays a man who has issues with day-to-day living who occasionally needs “chemical motivation, because sometimes, reality sucks!”  At those times, he calls on his “two best friends”–“Vodka And Vicodin!”  And, in tribute to Sun Records and Slim’s rockabilly days, he and Big Jon–on guitar and harp–ride the freight train groove of “Hemi Dodge.”  With this one, you can almost envision Robert Mitchum runnin’ that ‘shine straight down Thunder Road!

Chickenbone Slim has hit on a real winner with “The Big Beat.”  It’s sho’ nuff tasty, it’s salty and sweet,  and is a sure cure for what ails you!  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow.

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