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Watermelon Slim

Watermelon Slim (his real name is Bill Homans) was born in Boston but raised in North Carolina, where, he says, he was first exposed to the blues at the age of five. He sang in choirs and glee clubs as a child, but he began seriously turning to music after a tour of duty in Vietnam that ended in 1970. He independently released the furiously antiwar album Merry Airbrakes in 1973. Although he has spent most of his adult life as a blue-collar laborer (mostly as a truck driver), Homans still found a whole lot of time for academia, earning degrees in history and journalism from the University of Oregon and a master's degree in history from Oklahoma State University. He founded a blues band, Fried Okra Jones, in the late '90s and has fronted them with his raw, impassioned blues singing, harp playing, and impressive National Steel guitar style (which he plays left-handed). His songs feature subtle, intelligent twists (he is a member of MENSA, after all), while remaining undeniably in the blues tradition.

Following a serious heart attack, Watermelon Slim turned his attention full-time to music, releasing two albums on Southern Records, Big Shoes to Fill in 2003 and Up Close & Personal in 2004. Assembling a new band, the Workers, he released the hard-hitting and impressive Watermelon Slim & the Workers in 2006 on the Toronto-based NorthernBlues Music label, following it a year later with The Wheel Man and with No Paid Holidays in 2008. He then switched gears just a little into country territory with an album of truck-driving songs, Escape from the Chicken Coop, which NorthernBlues released in 2009. Slim kept the country elements and mixed them in again with his brand of roots and blues for 2010's Ringers, his fifth album for NorthernBlues. ~ Steve Leggett, Rovi
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Sounds like a very interesting character! And good jams.
sazajac
If you ever get a chance, check out his cover of Jimmy Bell. Simply amazing harp.
sazajac
http://www.w a t e r m e l o n s l i m . c o m /
sazajac
Watermelon Slim is an amazing performer. I've seen him several times in different venues. I consider him a national treasure.
sazajac
I got to watch Watermelon Slim perform in Red's Lounge in Clarksdale, in front of just me, my wife, Red, and an old friend of Red's. In front of a water bottle full of shine. I was in heaven.
Not only is he a great muscian/song w r i t e r , I am proud to call him my friend. Hope he is taking care of his health. Great guy, we miss him and his fried catfish.
stormnmax
Oh yeah.... good music from this artist!
dustin-allen
You haven't heard anything until you hear him singing acappella across still waters at Lake Carl. Thanks WS from Dustin
superb talent!
tonyl70
Thanks Slim - God Bless You
redduck227
It is characters like Watermelon Slim that makes this such an amazing country. Hope Bill takes good care of his health so he can please us with many more songs.
Met Slim in Memphis, this guy in so incredible. Keeping the blues alive, Jimi Vincent
tonyl70
pandora scores again! Pleased to meet this real dude.
thats the slim sound
THIS GUY HAS THE REAL THING,IM A BLUESMAN MYSELF AND U CAN TELL ITS THERE!! KEEP IT UP WATERMELON!! ! ! !
Watermelon is the man!!! Love his live version of "Smokestack Lightning"
Whooo whooo gotta love this! They are all of it!
cdee
HEY WHATS THIS, GIVE ME MORE BLUES- I LOVEIT.....

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