Shirley Johnson/Magic Slim and the Teardrops (#1509)

Two veteran blues performers take the stage at the 2010 W. C. Handy Blues & Barbecue Festival.


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Get a double dose of Chicago-style blues when two veteran blues stars take the stage at the 2010 W. C. Handy Blues & Barbecue Festival.

Johnson, a long-time performer at Chicago's legendary blues clubs, mesmerizes the audience with her deep, soulful voice. The Chicago resident, whose influences range from Mahalia Jackson and Koko Taylor to Etta James and Ruth Brown, is a gritty, big-voiced blues singer who can also handle soul and gospel.

Her set includes “Blues Attack,” “Killer Diller,” “Looking for Love,” and others from her CDs.

Magic Slim charms the crowd with his mellow blues voice and cranked-up guitar. Though born in Mississippi, Magic Slim and the Teardrops is considered by many to be “the last real Chicago blues band.”

Slim’s first love was the piano, but after losing his little finger on his right hand in a cotton-gin accident, he found it difficult to play properly. Not deterred, he simply switched to guitar, working in the cotton fields during the week and playing the blues at house parties on weekends. Slim headed to Chicago and established himself as a formidable player on the scene. Today he's one of the most sought-after headliners for festivals in the U.K., Poland, Scandinavia, France, Holland, Belgium and Greece.

The Henderson set includes such Teardrops favorites as “Black Tornado,” “Midnight Blues,” and “Anything Can Happen.”

This program was recorded at: 2010 W.C. Handy Blues & Barbecue Festival