Straight out of the Louisiana swamps in Baton Rouge. I visited his grave when we were there. A great guy.
Slim Harpo – Opher’s World pays tribute to a genius.
Straight out of the Louisiana swamps on to my turntable via Jimmy Miller’s production at Excello. That was the feel of Slim Harpo. He produced that electric, mesmerising Jimmy Reed beat to create a bayou drenched blues with a laid back vocal. I discovered him on an album called authentic swamp blues. Along with stable mates Lonesome Sundown, Lazy Lester and Lightnin’ Slim they churned the muddy green waters of Louisiana blues to create a primordial soup of sound which was compulsive. The guitars rumbled and reverberated and vocals whined. It was electric music from the rural backwaters. It was redolent of those sweaty humid southern nights in crude wooden shacks beside the murky green swamps with the croaking frogs where the dudes strutted and preened like peacocks and the mamas grinded and bumped…
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