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 fell in love with jazz through my dad Bobby Hirst who was a jazz pianist for over 50 years around the UK and Europe. He was such a modest man but an incredible musician. I tinkered with piano but found myself drawn to guitar after listening to Wes Montgomery, Joe Pass and Kenny Burrell
I fell in love with jazz through my dad Bobby Hirst who was a jazz pianist for over 50 years around the UK and Europe. He was such a modest man but an incredible musician. I tinkered with piano but found myself drawn to guitar after listening to Wes Montgomery, Joe Pass and Kenny Burrell. Misty by Erroll Garner is one of my favourite tracks. My current choice of guitars are Gibson ES335 & ES175 although I only own Epiphone copies at present. I also play classical guitar and love to play jazz on them. I have recently moved to Leeds from York and hoping to meet new friends in the jazz community.