Review: Tiny Legs Tim – Stepping Up

Posted on: Saturday, Mar 7, 2015

Tiny Legs Tim – Stepping Up


This Belgian solo blues artist impressed me with his previous album “TLT”, and this follow-up is different from that Delta blues based set but just as good. Tim opens with the big-sounding ‘Heart Of The City’, its rhythm and sound a little reminiscent of the Texas blues of Frankie Lee Sims, with a fine, driving but relaxed rhythm section.

The CD’s title track follows and continues this down-home approach, then it is into ‘I Got Something’ a powerhouse Mississippi hill country styled number, wailing harp by Steven Troch and a fine, wild slide guitar break from Tim himself. ‘Keep Me Satisfied’ is vintage Muddy Waters styled (maybe there is some of Louisiana Red’s slashing slide playing in there too).

‘Big City Blues’ slows the pace somewhat and is still Muddy flavoured, then ‘Get It Back’ has an older, jauntier touch, with marching drumming by Frederik Van Den Berghe, and ‘Walk With The Devil’ hits a wonderful Slim Harpo tinged swamp-boogie groove. Vocally, Tim sounds like J.B. Lenoir on ‘So Long So Long’, and the last couple of numbers have a more rural feel, particularly ‘If & Why’, a wistful number with a gentler feel, closing out an excellent album.


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