Magic Slim & the Teardrops
Blues Chicago Style
by Don Brown Sr.
The Blues Internet
Las Vegas Jazz n' Blues
Las Vegas Blues Site
Magic Slim and the Teardrops brought what many consider to be "the last of the original Chicago Blues" to Boulder Station. Guitarist Michael Dotson kicked off the show at the Railhead with two quick numbers before Magic Slim hit the stage. Magic started the set with "Good Time Louvin'" and suddenly a great warm up band became greater. Bassist Danny O'Conner and drummer Alex Kirk gave Magic Slim and Michael all the room they needed to cook as only Chicago bluesman could.
Songs like Jimmy Reed's "Going To New York," "One Way Out - a staple of the Allman Brothers set list for years - "Don't Need To Be Lonely" and "You Don't Have To Go" displayed the blues at its heart breaking best.
The second set started out again with Michael Dotson playing and singing two songs, this time adding slide guitar to "So Mean To Me."
Then Magic Slim came back on stage with more songs about heartbreak - "That Will Never Do," "What Kinda Life Would We Have," and "Can't Be Satisfied." It left one hoping that Magic off stage is luckier in love then the songs he sings!
Throughout the performance Magic Slim's voice was in fine form as was his guitar work. And after he played "It's Alright" and the Little Milton classic "The Blues Is Alright" there was no doubt that they would be with people like Magic Slim and the Teardrops leading the way.
Photography by R.J. Bianchino copyright © 2001-2003 Moondog Productions
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