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Fillmore SlimFillmore Slim – Funky Mama's House
{2004 | Fedora Records}

Funky Mama's House is the latest set of tracks for the sixty-eight year old Clarence Sims (aka Fillmore Slim) legendary bluesman and pimp. After a five-year stint in federal penitentiaries Sims decided to make the guitar his mainstay. In 1987 the parolee/bluesman recorded 'Born to Sing the Blues' under the name Clarence 'Guitar' Sims. Man can this cat sing the blues. The stars were perfectly aligned and the blues gods were smiling on Filmore when he recorded 'Funky Mama's House'. It has all the makings for a classic blues CD; soulful vocals, bluesy guitar riffs, moving guitar and bass lines, and a bit of funk. After three listenings it's still great. I liked it a bunch.

The Players are:

Fillmore Slim singing and playing guitar

Frank Goldwasser (aka Paris Slim) on second guitar

Roger Perry playing steel guitar, keyboard, guitar and bass

Tim Bird on tenor sax

Terry McDonald on baritone sax

Leonard Robinson as bassist

Chris Millar on drums

The 11 Tracks are:

Funky Mama’s House, Brown Sugar Eyes, Street Walker, Tabby Thomas'Place, Those Lonely Lonely Nights, Ya-Ya, Down at Eli's, Stagger Lee, Earl King, Saturday Night and I Cross My Heart.

I really liked Funky Mama’s House and Down at Eli's.

I'd rate this CD a 4.5 out of 5. It's good stuff. 

 Ciao' for now, peace.


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