If you like your blues a little gritty, saucy, and served up in a classic Southern locale, look no further than Live at Ground Zero Blues Club which captures the long-playing Watermelon Slim and the Workers serving up a full evening of hot and spicy fare in Clarksdale, Mississippi.
Watermelon Slim, aka Bill Homans, first splashed on the music scene in 1973 after returning from the Vietnam War. His playing on the album Merry Airbrakes cemented his position as an up-and-coming artist who could sing with soul, blow the harp, and pick the guitar with the best. Fast forward almost four decades and Homans and his Workers come out punching Delta-style on this live DVD, filmed in May of 2007 just after the group took honors for Best Blues Album for 2006’s Watermelon Slim and the Workers at the Independent Music Awards. From the no-nonsense opener, “Hard Times,” this no frills document sees the band hitting the highs on"Peaches," "My Babe," and "Buick Fifty-Nine," joined by the likes of Charlie Musselwhite, Jimbo Mathus, and Big George Brock.
From beginning to end, Slim and his mates show how to get the job done Mississippi style.
Live at the Ground Zero Blues Club is out now on Northern Blues Music.