Do you listen to Magic Slim? You should if you like the blues. He is one of the old school early electric blues guitar players. He got a late start in his career compared to guys like Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, Stevie Ray Vaughan and plenty more who were playing for money by the age of 16 years old. Being born in 1937 would make him 73 years old today. His first recording came in 1977, although he was playing all over town making a name in the 60’s.
Morris Holt was born on August 7, 1937, in Grenada, Mississippi. He has made over 30 plus albums in his career and is still alive and playing the blues. I came across him as a way of learning to play “Give Me Back My Wig” Stevie Ray Vaughan style. I was interested in finding another version that was not tuned flat.
“Give Me Back My Wig” was written by Hound Dog Taylor and his version and Magic Slims version are very similar and not much different than Stevie Rays version. Stevie Ray took twelve bar blues to a new level. Improvement, that is not fair to say, I love the original versions, but SRV makes most songs sound better. What else can I say?
Magic Slim has a surprisingly uptempo style of guitar playing. At a time when guitar players like Albert King and Buddy Guy were leaving their impressions on young guitar players like Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton and plenty of great players we know of and unknown amounts of equally excellent guitarists we have never heard of.
I mention SRV a lot because Magic Slim has that upbeat electric guitar 12 bar blues tempo that a lot of the songs SRV played or wrote do. SRV really set off an era of great players using his style of play. I love it and work hard to play that style, anyone who plays like that knows how much practice and work that takes.
Since I’m sort of new to Magic Slim, I don’t have a lot more to say. Other than I recommend at least down loading one of his songs after you watch this video;
Finger picks, a Stratocaster, tons of funky and blues. He ain’t pretty, but what great music. The slide guitar player is cool too. I hope you enjoy and watch more of his videos. GuitarPlayersCenter.com