Bad Boy (8/28/2012) Add To Cart
- Magic Slim & the Teardrops
"Magic Slim doesn't just play the blues, he body slams his audiences with a vicious guitar attack that pins them to the floor. His blues are in-your-face variety. He's a man with a plan: to get even, to get over, to get by. He delivers his ultimatums in a gravely roar thar discourages any counterarguments. His last release was called Raising the Bar, and it did just that. But this time out, Slim's raised it yet another notch, going for the gold and the title of world's oldest Olympian. My money's on Slim to take it to all home in 2016. "
- No Depression.net
"Magic Slim turned 75 in 2012, but his growling vocals have the fire and brimstone of a Young Lion and his guitar playing is still as razor-sharp as it was when he turned pro in the '50s."
- All Music Guide
"Bad Boy is a killer CD, delivering the kind of gut-bucket Chicago blues that keeps the sound alive. Magic Slim is one of of just a few players left who can directly channel the Mississippi blues sound - that raw, gutsy guitar sound that emnates from greats like Son House, Charlie Patton, R.L. Burnside, John Lee Hooker, and so many others who brought their sound north to Chicago from the Delta. Bad Boy really doesn't break very much ground, but it is the real Chicago blues, played the way they're supposed to be played, no less, but sometimes a whole lot more...a hot new collection of Chicago blues classics sure to have you dancing your blues away! -Chicago Blues Guide
"Magic Slim's last album might have been Raising the Bar, but here on Bad Boy, he ups the ante again. He has the authoritative, weathered voice of a man who has lived the blues, making every word instantly credible. Here you have no choice but to listen intently as his all-out stinging guitar attack refuses to lose its bite." -Elmore
"There continue to be few experiences in the blues that are as compelling as Magic Slim and company at full tilt, as they are here. Not only is the band thoroughly together, but Slim's own signing and playing seem to be just as tough as ever despite his 75 years. Another exemplar of quintessential Chicago blues in the groove. " - Living Blues
"Like everything Magic Slim played, Bad Boy is blues of the highest order. " - Blues Music Magazine
Turning seventy-five years young later this summer, Magic Slim can still deliver the goods. Witness his latest Blind Pig release, Bad Boy. Slim and the Teardrops slip immediately into a solid groove on the Eddie Taylor-penned title track and never let up, revisiting Denise LaSalle's "Someone Else Is Steppin' In" and Muddy Waters' "Champagne and Reefer" as well as songs from the early blues canon ("Girl What You Want Me To Do", "Matchbox Blues") and some recently written original tunes ("Sunrise Blues", "Country Joyride") along the way. Slim once again proves that when it comes to complete mastery of the blues in all its aspects and truly genre defining power of performance, he is one bad boy with few if any equals on the scene today.
Magic Slim is the greatest living proponent of the intense, electrified, Mississippi-to-Chicago blues style that spawned much of the music played by modern blues artists and rockers. It's no wonder that Magic Slim and the Teardrops, considered by many to be "the last real Chicago blues band," have become one of the busiest and best-loved blues bands around. As Blues Revue wrote, "Whoever the house band in blues heaven may be, even money says they're wearing out Magic Slim albums trying to get that Teardrops sound down cold."
1 Bad Boy
2 Someone Else Is Steppin' In
3 I Got Money
6 Hard Luck Blues
8 Champagne And Reefer
9 How Much More Long
10 Matchbox Blues
11 Older Woman