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A Lost Folk-Rock Gem from Dion, and Other New Releases | No Depression

Guitar Slim Jr., The Story of My LifeDespite a long musical career, Guitar Slim Jr. has never quite achieved the level of fame enjoyed by his father, whose million-selling “The Things That I Used to Do” has been cited as an influence on early rockers. But that doesn’t mean Jr. wasn’t just as talented a performer as the old man. Witness this newly reissued 1987 recording, which garnered a well-deserved Grammy nomination the next year for best traditional blues album. Guitar Slim Jr. supplies all the superlative guitar and vocals for the program, which includes seven songs by his father, plus versions of three soul hits that rival the originals: Tyrone Davis’s “Turn Back the Hands of Time” and “Can I Change My Mind,” and Clarence Carter’s “Too Weak to Fight.”

By Jeff Burger – No Depression
May 29, 2017

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