The Real Folk Blues

The Real Folk Blues

by Memphis SlimMemphis Slim


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Memphis Slim paid his dues pounding the piano in dancehalls, juke joints, and turpentine camps in the '30s, but by the '50s he had developed a style that was as at home at a debutante party as in a backstreet dive. THE REAL FOLK BLUES is a set of Slim's recordings for the Premium label and features the pianist with small combos and on occasion back-up vocalists. The set is seamless, ranging from the late-night sophistication of "I Guess I'm a Fool" to the rowdier, swingin' "Trouble Trouble." Slim's timeless signature tune, "Mother Earth," is also included. The only misstep here is the title, which is a bit of misnomer considering Slim's smooth, velvety vocals, which harken back to an era when blues and jazz were melding into rhythm and blues.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/25/1990
Label: Mca
UPC: 0076732927021
catalogNumber: 9270


  1. My Baby
  2. Trouble Trouble
  3. Slim's Blues
  4. Tia Juana
  5. I Guess I'm a Fool
  6. Really Got the Blues
  7. Feeling Low
  8. For a Day
  9. Mother Earth
  10. Blues for My Baby
  11. Marack
  12. Havin' Fun

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Memphis Slim   Primary Artist,Piano,Vocals
Alex Atkins   Alto Saxophone
Peter Chatman   Piano,Vocals
Alfred Elkins   Bass
Charles Ferguson   Tenor Saxophone
Neil Green   Tenor Saxophone
Oscar Larkin   Drums
Ike Perkins   Guitar
Henry Taylor   Bass
Leon Hooper   Drums
Otto Allen   Drums
Floyd Hunt   Piano
Timothy Overton   Tenor Saxophone
Terry Timmons   Vocals
Vagabonds   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Willie Dixon   Liner Notes
Ralph Bass   Producer
Don Snowden   Liner Notes

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