Big Creek Slim:
Big Creek Slim, a.k.a. Marc Rune, is a blues artist who was born and raised in Ikast, a small town in Central Denmark. Big Creek Slim is immersed in the pre-WWII country blues of the Mississippi Delta region of the United States.
For a taste of his latest work, dig into the 28 original tracks, on his latest solo albums Migration Blues and Twenty-Twenty Blues from 2021. You’ll hear stunning performances and an authentic sound. Throughout, his voice and guitar work reflect a command of the art form that comes only from a combination of natural gifts and relentless commitment.
One might wonder how and why a 21st century Danish musician would make a definitive personal connection to a musical form created by black Americans in the rural reaches of the U.S. South, thousands of miles (and several generations) from his own place and time.
It has to do both with the nature of the man and with the nature of the music.
“It ain’t that much about American or black music as it’s about the blues,” says Big Creek, who traveled in the U.S. back in 2008, playing music and writing songs. “The blues should be a universal feeling and a world patrimony. Why I play them in this style – old, black, American – has something to do with the way I am. I always like to find the roots of things. I also search for the roots of Scandinavian culture. I played a lot of Irish traditional music, and the roots of Brazilian samba fascinate me.”
In the roots of the blues, Big Creek found a blend of power and simplicity and, ultimately, a spiritual essence.
“The thing that inspired me so much about old blues and folk music is the strong sound: Less is more if you play it with attitude. The sound of the Delta blues carries me to a more primitive state of mind,” he says.
As blues music is part of Big Creek Slim, so is his recognition of the conditions that created that music. This awareness fundamentally changed his outlook on life.
“In the old American blues, you hear a purity that you don´t find in music nowadays, not in contemporary blues and not in popular music at all,” Big Creek explains. “The first blues records are the first recorded sounds of an oppressed people. It´s a very important moment in the history of humankind. It surely opened my eyes and made me a more tolerant person toward the indifferences of human beings, and it taught me how to love myself. I guess that´s why I got to play them so bad.”