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This man is the real deal. 100% B.A.D. A.S.S.!!!

WATERMELON SLIM AND THE WORKERS will be playing Pepper Jack's,

Sunday, April 9th.

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Philosopher, educator, historian, hard workin', hard livin' "dark genius" Vietnam vet and continual apolgist for "his" President's war, Watermelon Slim both embodies and embraces all that is the blues. Blowin' a mean swampey blues harp, Slim is a propulsive fingerpickin' bottleneck player who crosses most genres of blues as easily he does open chords, be it early Chicago, Delta, Piedmont or Country, he wears them all on his tuxedo's sleeve.

www.watermelonslim.com

With MICHAEL PICKETT.

www.michaelpickett.com

8pm. Advance Tickets $10, $12 day of show.

Pepper Jack Cafe

38 King William St.

Hamilton

(905)525-6666

www.pepperjackcafe.com

Some info on the legendary Michael Pickett

In a musical career that has spanned more than three decades, singer/songwriter and award winning recording artist, Michael Pickett, embraces the blues with style, substance and musical integrity. In the 70s and 80s he established himself as a musically ground-breaking, electrifying singer/songwriter/harmonica player, leading seminal bands Whiskey Howl, Wooden Teeth, and The Michael Pickett Band. Musically profound, they pushed the envelope for blues and funky roots music in the Toronto area. He provided the direction for all three projects and surrounded himself with some of the top musicians in the country.

TOUR CREDITS

Over the years Michael has shared the stage with legends such as

Big Mama Thornton . John Lee Hooker . James Cotton . Jeff Healey . Bo Diddley . Koko Taylor . Morgan Davis . Colin Linden . Paul James . Downchild Blues Band . John Hammond . Matt "Guitar" Murphy . Doug Kershaw . Willie 'Big Eyes' Smith . Sunnyland Slim . Lazy Lester . Tom Rush . Josh White Jr. and Rory Block . Matt Minglewood . T.Graham Brown . Kentucky Headhunters . Hubert Sumlin

and opened for

James Cotton . Taj Mahal . Muddy Waters . Son Seals . Lazy Lester . Big Bill Morganfield . Matt Minglewood . John Hammond

Toronto, Mississippi.

It exists at the crossroads. Where the steamy, rural, Mississippi heat meets the stinging cold of urban Toronto; a place on the musical landscape that roots singer/songwriter Michael Pickett calls home.

Pickett’s unique fusion of sensibilities, driven by his thumping delta guitar rhythms, muscular harmonica and gravel and chains voice is, at once, traditional and relevant. Never content to merely be a musical archivist, Pickett effectively deconstructs and reconstructs those seminal blues, born on the delta, to serve his own singular purpose; writing songs that are authentic both in substance and performance.

After 30 years, Michael Pickett is at a place in his career which he arrived at honestly. An acknowledged harmonica virtuoso, Pickett has led, and performed with, roots/blues bands clearly recognized for their significant contribution to a venerable musical art-form. But that was never enough for Michael. He has a voice. A voice that, without the adornment of a band, ought to be heard. Raw. Honest. And dripping with sly insights.

Accompanied only by his guitar, rack harmonica and sensual expression, Michael Pickett is a performer who has stripped away the frills, to arrive at a place that belongs entirely to him.

Welcome to Toronto, Mississippi.

~B.Pulford

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