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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
I love jazz because with it I found my true voice. I have always sung since I was a very small child in school and church. And there have been many genre that I have enjoyed including spiritual, folk, country, latin, soca and pop
I love jazz because with it I found my true voice. I have always sung since I was a very small child in school and church. And there have been many genre that I have enjoyed including spiritual, folk, country, latin, soca and pop. But nothing has touched my artistic sensiblities like JAZZ! Two years ago I moved to Sarasota, FL where I renewed my focus on my singing career and I was so impressed with the quality, quantity and generousity of talented jazz musicains in the Suncoast area. I soon partnered with piano legend Billy Marcus and his trio with Don Mopsick and Stephen Bucholtz. What a blast working with these guys and having them back me up on my first jaz album, Here's To You... which was just released on October 1st. I can't wait to see where the coming year brings me! Check out syniacarrolljazz.com