Swamp Blues – Lightnin' SlimBy
Lightnin’ Slim or Otis Hicks, left our world July 27th, 1974…
Leaving a mark on Swamp Blues – debuting back in 1954, Bad Luck – If it wasn’t for bad luck, I wouldn’t have no luck at all.
I wasn’t even a glimmer in my dad’s eye..but know I’ve heard the name before, and needed to do a little research, low and behold, I figured it out.
Lightnin’ Slim backed mainly by drums (my new hobby) and harmonica, he had a gritty sounding voice and sang Louisiana Swamp Blues, with tunes such as – I’m Tired Waitin’ Baby, Your Old Enough to Understand and one of my favorites – Rooster Blues
Those tunes bring me back to New Orleans 22 years ago, when mom & I sat and drank Mint Juleps (nasty, nasty drink) in a seedy bar on Bourbon Street.. Listening to the musicians that were born with blues in their blood.
When I listen to someone like Lightnin’ Slim, I am instantly transported into a dark, smoke filled tavern in the south. A tavern that the heat is so thick you can see it, the sound is so profound, it rises through the floor into your toes through the floor boards and grabs you buy the heart so you will sit down and listen. No one listens anymore, they always interject….
One where people meet, to talk and share their stories. Stories of how life brought them to this point, whether that story are sad or true, you get a sense that this is where the heart of blues is and will remain clinging to the walls, or clinging to the worn out bar stools. Their is history there, a history of music and people that walked before us.
Take today to remember someone that walked before you, someone who paved the way, someone who brought something to the table that we often don’t think about..