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SHAWN HOLT AND THE TEARDROPS

Daddy Told Me

2014-03-17

Shawn Holt makes music just like his daddy did, and he has taken over the family business. His father was Magic Slim (Morris Holt) and Magic Slim was a fixture in Chicago Blues for over 50 years, mostly with his band The Teardrops, and often alongside guitarist and singer John Primer. Magic Slim passed away in 2013, and Shawn Holt stepped up to front The Teardrops. This is their first album with Shawn as the lead, and John Primer guests on two tracks.

Daddy Told Me isn't an attempt to break new ground. Instead it demonstrates that Shawn Holt can step in as bandleader and continue to deliver fine Chicago blues with the Teardrops. He succeeds.

All the songs work fine. What you'll get is lead voice, backed by guitars, bass, and drums. Backup vocals pop in here and there. No horns, no keyboards, no muss, no fuss. You can't go wrong.

--Gerald Etkind

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