2021 – Self-released
By Phillip Smith; March. 27, 2021
Occasionally a debut album really grabs ahold of me and gives me true hope for the future of the blues. The ten-track, self-titled record from Sugarmill Slim is truly one of those. It’s loaded down with six ripping deep-cut covers and four marvelous originals delivered in a fearless juke-joint fashion. Sugarmill Slim aka Anders La Source is a multi-instrumentalist based in the Los Angeles/Hollywood/San Fernando Valley area who found focus playing harmonica in the confines of raw blues. Produced, engineered, and mixed by Chuck Kavooras (Bob Margolin, The Mannish Boys), the album features Slim on harp and lead vocals, with a band comprised of Courtney Kakebeen on bass guitar, Slam McAdam on drums, Luca Neroni on guitar, and Isaac Rawdog Plummer on organ and piano.
From the beginning of their cover of Muddy Water’s “Just to be With You”, I was totally amazed at the intensity of Slim’s harp playing and his made-for-the-blues vocals. His cover of Little Walter’s “Me and Piney Brown” is a pure delight. Plummer wails on the organ of this red hot rhythm section. A funky slice of soul “Leaving Truck” is an uncontested favorite. “Screamin’”, an instrumental which first landed on the debut album of The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, is given a makeover cloaked in steamy Memphis soul. It reminds me immensely of the MGs. More intense blues follows with covers of Sonny Boy Williamson II’s Help Me” and Junior Wells’ “Little by Little”. These are absolutely fabulous. Slim sings with the ferocity of Jerry Lee Lewis on “Hook Me Up”, the scorching original track he first released as a single.
I’m so glad I stumbled upon this record. This is honestly one of the best straight-up blues albums I’ve heard this past year. I highly recommend checking it out. You will not be disappointed.
Take a listen to the album on Apple Music.
For more information about the artist, visit his bandcamp page : https://sugarmillslim.bandcamp.com/
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