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Southside Slim at A Day of Music-Fullerton

"There was plenty of this happening at the Fullerton Museum Plaza. I caught the searing guitar acrobatics of Southside Slim, who gets his Stratocaster as hot as I have ever heard single coil pickups sound.
Adam Lovinus, OC Weekly


Southside Slim & Paul McCartney: Early Days


See Southside Slim with Paul McCartney in the Behind-The-Scenes Jam From McCartney's 'Early Days' Video Shoot

In one of his biggest accomplishments of the year, Southside Slim auditioned for, and was hired to jam with Sir Paul McCartney for his Early Days music video, off of the latest album entitled 'New'. Watch the music video, as well as the behind-the-scenes jam with Paul McCartney by clicking here.


New Release News:

Shine Through ItSlim completed work with actor Terrence Howard on Shine Through It, a CD Terrence released in 2008. It's available on Amazon.com and in all major record stores.

Hangin' with Otis RushUpcoming Events

During Slim's summer 2002 tour, he had a gig at Buddy Guy's Legends club in Chicago. Imagine Slim's surprise to find that Otis Rush was there that night, playing pool with his wife. Mr. Rush is one of Slim's biggest heroes and he stayed for Slim's entire show. At one point Slim introduced himself to Mr. Rush and the two of them took some photos together. If that wasn't enough, Mr. Rush autographed Slim's vintage Strat.


Sweetback Blues

Sweetback bluesBy: Kari Fretham

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The Biography of South Side Slim

South Side SlimHenry Harris grew up in Oakland in the 70's and early 80's listening to a wide range of innumerable musicians, including Hendrix, Muddy Waters, Van Halen, and the Isley Brothers. He spent his mid-20's hanging out in Hollywood. During his Hollywood years he fortuitously met up with the great LA blues guitarist Ray Bailey. Henry noticed that Bailey played blues with a rock-infused feel. He got serious about his guitar in 1992 when he fell upon some hard luck. Henry turned to his dad for help and asked if he could live in his trucking yard at 61st and Avalon in Los Angeles. Hank, as he was known then, wanted to use the opportunity of being homeless to focus on really learning to play the guitar, an instrument he had fooled around with since high school.

He practiced a minimum of 6 hours a day. Evenings found him walking to jam sessions at local blues spots, including, Babe and Ricky's (at its original spot at 53rd and Central), the Safari Club, and competitive private juke joints. After returning each night to the yard, he slept in an old van. He treasures those years and recognizes how valuable the time was in developing him into a bona fide blues musician. "Those years were like going to school. I submitted myself to learn as much about the blues, performing, and the guitar as I could. I soaked up everything about the old guys, those bluesmen who really lived and looked the part."

By 1998 Little Hank had transformed himself into South Side Slim, guitarist and singer/song writer. He wrote, arranged and recorded his first CD, 5 Steps, with Southside Records, a company he and blues guitarist-math professor, Jerry Rosen, had formed. Within the next three years Slim cut two more original CD's. More Blues from the South Side (2000) included cuts from South Los Angeles bluesmen, Smokey Wilson and Curtis Tillman. Raising Hell (2001) continues to receive critical accolades. In 2004, South Side Slim released, Trouble on the South Side, garnering international praise.

He won many fans when he brought the crowds to their feet at both the Pocono and North Atlantic Blues Festivals during a recent national tour. Slim is a recent recipient of Los Angeles Weekly's Music Award for Best Contemporary Blues/R&B Artist.

In 2009 Slim produced two CD's:
Life Under Pressure evolved from jamming in the studio while the tape was rolling. Slim then gave selected songs, improvised during that session, to top shelf musicians, including Willie McNeil and Norman Weatherly. The result is an accomplished CD that retains the punch of its original conception.

In South Side All Stars Doing Barnyard Hits, Slim has accomplished a feat that has never been done before. He brought over sixteen blues legends from South Central Los Angeles into the studio and recorded each one performing an original take on a blues classic. Los Angeles blues history was not only made with this CD, but the city's legacy has been recorded for future generations to honor and enjoy.

Slim's memoir-biography, Sweetback Blues: The Twelve Bar Tale of South Side Slim, has been completed by Kari Fretham and is available from Lulu.com.

Upcoming Documentary on the Music of South Side Slim

Hot Love On Me So Strong THE BLUES OF SOUTH L.A. is the culmination of Kari Fretham's ten year escapade in the city's treasure trove of blues. No matter which of seven juke joints sets the scene, intimate visuals and potent blues abound. The premiere event was held at the Cinefamily at the Silent Movie Theater on June 7, 2014 for a film screening surrounded by photo ops, live blues, recognitions, and food and drink.

This video shows South Side Slim performing at The Barnyard, the famous Los Angeles juke joint. This is a little taste of Fretham's video documentary, Hot Love On Me So Strong THE BLUES OF SOUTH L.A. For more info on Kari Fretham, check out karifretham.com.

Purchase Slim's Biography/Memoir on Lulu.com

Sweetback BluesSweetback Blues: The Twelve Bar Tale of South Side Slim travels the harrowing streets and plumbs the artistic soul of a modern day soldier for the blues. Far from some pat redemption yarn of "poor boy makes good," the protagonist here is as unsettling as his folk predecessor, John the Conqueror: unruly saint and endearing trickster.

Beautifully written in twelve bar structure, complete with introductory riffs and turnarounds, this narrative nonfiction echoes the very music it celebrates. The bluesman typically sings his seven-stanza story in first person; likewise, these seven chapters get personal in the distinctive voice of Los Angeles blues veteran, South Side Slim. Over one hundred hours of recorded interviews were transcribed, verified, and distilled into eighty-eight bars, vignettes, of page-turning drama.

Hailed "the formidable guitar modernist" by Living Blues magazine, Slim has recently toured in Italy, Britain, and Germany.

 

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Hailed "the formidable guitar modernist" by Living Blues magazine, Slim has recently toured in Italy, Britain, and Germany. He has won many fans from around the world; click on the photo above to see what others are saying about South Side Slim's musical talents.

 

MusicLife Under Pressure

Life Under Pressure evolved from jamming in the studio while the tape was rolling. Slim then gave selected songs, improvised during that session, to top shelf musicians, including Willie McNeil and Norman Weatherly. The result is an accomplished CD that retains the punch of its original conception.

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