Bumble Bee Slim
|Tags:||blues chicago blues|
|Decades:||1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s|
Amos Easton, 7 May 1905, Brunswick, Georgia, USA, d. 1968, Los Angeles, California, USA. Bumble Bee Slim was a blues guitarist, although he seldom played on record; it was as a singer that he recorded prolifically from 1931-37. Leaving home around 1920, he led a itinerant life for eight years before settling in Indianapolis, and later Chicago. As a singer, he was influenced by Naptowns Leroy Carr, and his songs convey a modified version of Carrs bittersweet aesthetic. Easton appears friendly, confiding and philosophical, sometimes bruised by lifes adversities, but never crushed by its tragedies. In part, no doubt, this is a reflection of his own personality, but it also typifies the switch from personal expression to performance art of recorded blues in the 30s. His records were very popular; songs such as B&O Blues and Sail On, Little Girl, Sail On fed back into folk tradition, and several were big enough hits to be...