By Phillip Smith
Shawn Holt, son of Morris ‘Magic Slim’ Holt, who passed away earlier this year, is now taking over the reins as front man for the Teardrops. His debut release, Daddy Told Me, a mix of originals and covers and is an extraordinary tribute to his father. This album is pure blues and in my opinion should be a contender for a coveted Handy Award. The Teardrops (guitarist Levi William, bassist Chris Biedron, and drummer Brian ‘B.J.’ Jones), deliver the goods, which I like to think of in this case, as a briefcase full of blues.
It was a pleasant surprise to find that Holt enlisted legendary bluesman John Primer (who played with his father for thirteen years) to handle lead vocals and guitar on a fantastic cover of Bo Diddley’s “Before You Accuse Me”. Primer also sticks around to play guitar on the funky “Buddy Buddy Friend”, an original from Shawn about so-called friends who hang around when times are good and you’re sharing the wealth, but disappear once the bankroll dries up. I think we can all relate to that.
The title track, “Daddy Told Me” is gritty and chalk-full of attitude. I love the rapport between Holt and William, both on guitar, as it is a huge part of what makes this song sound so cool. I really enjoyed the guitar on “Please Don’t Dog Me” also, as it accentuates the slow blues beat laying behind it.
It was very surprising to me at how little time it took for this album to enthrall me. Every song is a winner, and the album itself, I highly recommend. Magic Slim would have been very proud.
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