This release on vinyl is finally out and it’s Big Creek Slim’s first release. We had to postpone due to the Corona pandemic but we had a release concert on Lygten October 18. The concert was made in cooperation with Backbeat and Lygten.
Ramblin’ Big Creek
This release from the talented & prolific BIG CREEK SLIM is the first to feature a full band throughout. Recorded over 3 days in 2017, it has the raw energy & excitement that makes a good recording great. Using just one microphone, 11 musicians (including 3 horn players) and guest vocalist Diunna Greenleaf in a tiny room, the recording of all original songs is really exceptional. As the notes say, ” Slim targeted the perfectly unperfect sound of country blues and early urban blues recordings as found on such seminal labels as SUN- CHESS & EXCELLO.”
1. Ramblin’ Big Creek 2. How Unlucky 3. Sorrow & Consolation 4. Sick & Tired 5. Put You On Ice 6. If You Should Quit Me 7. I Just Don’t Understand (only on the CD) 8. Mean Ol’ Sunrise 9. One More Mile 10. Rock & Roll Mama (only on the CD) 11. Tear Me Down Again- w/ DIUNNA GREENLEAF 12. Big Fine Mama- w/ DIUNNA GREENLEAF
Ramblin Big Creek was recorded live over three days in a studio in the West Side of Aarhus. It involved 11 musicians (including a three-piece horn section), one engineer, one microphone and no overdubs.
Big Creek Slim produced the album, with a couple of specific objectives: (1) to record only original material on the album and (2) for the recording to have one cohesive sound throughout.
Big Creek targeted what he calls a perfectly unperfect sound on Ramblin Big Creek, one that would capture the raw spontaneity of country blues and early urban blues recordings, as found on such labels as Sun, Chess and Excello.
“I´m Ramblin´ Big Creek Slim. I am just one more bluesman beneath the sun, trying to do my thing in a world that doesn’t make no sense. I believe that playing the blues is all I ever wanted. 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 liked 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. The thing that inspired me so 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 deeper state of mind, and I get to cut the cheese out of my life, if you know what I mean.”
His singing is raw, unpolished, genuine and soulful, straight from the heart. Some calls it black. So is also his guitar playing. It’s economic, but intense, on a dirty old Danish-made guitar he found in a friend’s attic. The notes goes straight into your marrow.
Marc Rune began playing guitar early and as soon as he made enough money on a construction site he left for the U.S. and hoboed around. He played on street corners, in bars and small venues in Clarksdale, Memphis and other locations in the south. After a while he stayed at Teddy’s Juke Joint in Baton Rouge where he jammed with various bands and artists. Finally, he ended up in Brazil where he settled down in Florianopolis on the tropical island Santa Catarina, in a cottage on the beach.
Marc’s foremost inspiration was James ‘Chicken Scratch’ Johnson, Slim Harpo’s former guitarist. It was Johnson who made Marc stop playing with a flat-pick and start fingerpicking. Doug “Dubb” McLeod encouraged him to concentrate on his right hand and when you watch him play his fingers are almost dancing across the strings. He says that his quite unique style of playing is something that has evolved over time.
Other important inspirations are John Lee Hooker and Muddy Waters. Answering the question about who he would like to invite over to Denmark he says, “Terry ‘Harmonica’ Bean. He has played with him in Brazil after they first met in Arkansas. Marc is also fortunate to have been playing with the late pianist Henry Gray, one of the giants of contemporary Southern Blues.
Read more about the release in bluesnews (in Danish)