Magic Slim & the Teardrops
Chicago Blues in Vegas
by Don Brown Sr.
The Blues Internet
Las Vegas Jazz n' Blues
Las Vegas Blues Site
Magic Slim has been playing the blues longer than most current stars have been alive. He's the real deal. An original bluesman who's still happy doing it his way. This year has seen a new cd, BLUE MAGIC, produced by Papa Chubby. His tour stopped at the Railhead in Las Vegas.
The Teardrops took the stage with drummer Vern Taylor and bassist Danny O'Conner laying down the beat. Guitarist John McDonald showed his chops when he stepped to the microphone for "Little Red Rooster." These bluesmen proved what a good band they are even without Magic Slim.
Slim's set included a red hot Willie Dixon's "Let Me Love You Baby." "I'm Torn Down" and "Leave My Girl Alone" had Magic Slim playing some fine lead guitar. "Honey Don't You Let Me Go" showed even more of his flash. He finished up the set with "Over Yonder," one of Elmore James' timeless tunes.
The Teardrops again took the stage, and this time bassist Danny O'Conner got a turn at the microphone for Bill Withers' "Ain't No Sunshine". Magic Slim came out, and they did a great version of Sonny Boy Williamson's "Eyesight To The Blind." Then "Bad Sign" gave the crowd one more reason to cheer and "Get Your Business Straight," by Albert Collins, was given a Magic Slim twist. "Black Nights Are Falling" lead into "Left Me With The Blues," then into "The Blues Are Alright," showcasing Slim and McDonald's lead work. This ended another special night of blues at the Railhead.
Photography by R.J. Bianchino copyright © 2002-2003 Moondog Productions
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