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A while back a “nu-blues” CD entitled You Can’t Poison a Pig [Fedora FCD 8002] by an entity calling itself Pig In A Can appeared in my mailbox. Near the bottom of the front cover (in fairly small type) the listener is informed that the album contains “de-mixes featuring Harmonica Slim.” The only thing here even remotely related to the blues is Slim’s harmonica and vocals. The rest of it is a showcase for the estimable talents of one John A. Wilson on guitars, basses, keyboards, turntables, sine waves, fife, electric spring piano “and other home-made boxes and electronic devices.” This is an arranged marriage between traditional blues and hip hop production values. The whole album sounds more like a third-rate attempt at the sort of thing Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band were doing more than thirty years ago although it lacks the poetry, humor and Dadaist aesthetic that made the work of Beefheart & co. engaging and entertaining.
According to the liner notes You Can’t Poison A Pig ". . . is the sound track to the future of the nu-blues. It will take you on a fantastic booty-shaking voyage you will never forget. Delve into the unusual world of blues legend Harmonica Slim realized through the phat beats and avant-pop stylings of John A. Wilson and friends. Call it nu-blues, techno-blues, avant-pop or whatever you want, there is one thing we know for sure—you can’t poison a pig.” Maybe the pig in question hasn’t heard this.
Track Listing: Can't Poison A Pig; Tried To Get Along; Don't Leave Me Baby; Ghost Of John Henry; It's Coming;
Hole In Her Belly; K.C. Douglas Blues; The Hog Butcher; Fresh Feelin's; Record Players; $1,000
Toasts; Slim's Roadside Luau; Slim's B3 Blues; Big Legged Woman; Butch Eats Pug In A Can For
The First Time
Personnel: Harmonica Slim-harmonica & vocal
John A. Wilson-guitars, basses, keyboards, turntables, sine waves, fife, electric spring piano and
other homemade boxes and electronic devices
Butch-drums, percussion,squeaky toys, duck and bird calls
Daniel J. Nielsen-Hammond organ
Michael Kott-prepared electric cello
Kelly J. Jones-backing vocals
Gary THarp-additional keyboards
The best show I ever attended was going with my father to see Dizzy Gillespie play at the Royal Festival Hall in London, England. Dizzy was a man full of charisma and play. He managed to get four different sections of the audience to sing four different vocal parts in one song
The best show I ever attended was going with my father to see Dizzy Gillespie play at the Royal Festival Hall in London, England. Dizzy was a man full of charisma and play. He managed to get four different sections of the audience to sing four different vocal parts in one song. He captured everyone's attention and got us all up on our feet dancing alongside him to this incredible music we call jazz.