Gig: Watermelon Slim – Manchester Academy – 16 July
Posted on: Friday, May 30, 2008
Mojo – Best Blues Album 2007
North American Blues Foundation – Best Blues Album & Best Band Award winners 2008.
American blues musician William Watermelon Slim Homans has been performing since the early seventies and has been linked to several notable blues musicians including John Lee Hooker, Robert Cray, Champion Jack Dupree, Bonnie Raitt, ‘Country’ Joe McDonald and Henry Vestine of Canned Heat.
He plays his guitar in the style of the Mississippi Delta Blues, playing his Dobro guitar lap-style with a slide. Homans usually performs acoustically, but has also been known to play electric. Recently, Homans has been performing live alongside a supporting band named The Workers.
2005 saw Homans receive a nomination for the prestigious W C Handy Award for ‘Best New Artist Debut’. He and his band have also been nominated for a further six Handy Awards in a variety of categories and also for a Maple Blues Award from the Toronto Blues Society for the 2006 release ‘Watermelon Slim and The Workers’.
Homans’ latest release is 2007’s ‘The Wheel Man’, which is the fourth album by Watermelon Slim and the second with The Workers. In this particular album (as is the case for all of Homans albums) Homan single handed-ly revives the blues scene with a little help from his authentic old school blues musicians.
Watermelon Slim will be performing live at Manchester Academy 3 on Wednesday 16th July.
bluesinthenorthwest.com believe that the supporting band will be the Harpbreakers.