memphis slim Archive

Album Review: Memphis Slim – 1964 Live

As Ray Templeton reminds us in his liner notes for this newly-issued archival release, “When Memphis Slim first visited Europe in 1960, he was already a twenty year veteran recording artist.” His first charting single was in 1948 with “Messin’ Around”; it reached the #1 spot on the r&b chart of the day. Slim’s album

Album Review: American Folk Blues Festival Live in Manchester 1962

Owing to a fascinating and complicated set of circumstances, for many years American musicians of color were recognized and celebrated more in the UK and Europe than they were at home. This was the case for quite a few jazz and blues artists; revered overseas, some made the transatlantic trek to appear in front of