The Mississippi-born bluesman first came to Chicago in the mid-1950s, but he didn't cut his first records -- a handful of singles on small labels -- until a decade later. It was yet another decade before his recording career began in earnest with a spate of albums on various labels. Since then, his basic sound has remained largely unchanged: a joyously overamplified guitar battling head to head with gruff, no-nonsense vocals while a lock-tight rhythm section swings like a shithouse door. The depth of Slim's live repertoire is legendary. With literally hundreds of songs to choose from, his gigs are known for their improvisational feel. There's rarely a setlist to speak of, just a string of classic blues songs cobbled together by whim and request. Although the "Slim" portion of his stage name has long since given way to a healthy girth, the "Magic" remains. Catch him with his backing band, the Teardrops, while you can.
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