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(Straight Shooter) 12 tracks, digisleeve Certainly, 2020 was a year that most of us hope to... more

Big Creek Slim: Twenty-Twenty Blues (CD)

(Straight Shooter) 12 tracks, digisleeve

Certainly, 2020 was a year that most of us hope to forget, but never will. Big Creek Slim was in Brazil, "quarantined in one of the world's epicenters of the coronavirus," he says, "with all the polemics, the boredom, the paranoia, the loneliness, the despair and the dwindling hopes that each and every one of us had to deal with." His response was the album you hold in your hands, with 13 original songs performed solo - "my contribution to the worldwide corona blues," he explains.

Big Creek takes unsparing stock of what he saw and heard. In "The Goddamn China Blues," he is more observer than judge, recognizing the loss, hardship and broken lives in the wake of COVID-19. In the title track, Big Creek cites the murder of George Floyd as the latest in a history of deadly violence and discrimination perpetrated by white America against the country's black population. He links Floyd's murder to the killing of Emmett Till and the 1921 Black Wall Street Massacre in Tulsa, Okla. noting "things haven't changed that much and maybe they never will."

The album isn't just social commentary, though, as a guitarist in quarantine will dig in and play some guitar. It features tracks like "Little Wheel Rag" and "Up in Smoke," which harken back to the ragtime/medicine show heritage of artists like Blind Boy Fuller and Pink Anderson. These provide a welcome counterbalance to the weight of the past year, because frankly, we need something to smile about when these crazy days are over.

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Big Creek Slim - Twenty-Twenty Blues (CD) CD 1
01 Twenty-Twenty Blues Big Creek Slim
02 The Goddamn China Cough Big Creek Slim
03 Little Wheel Rag Big Creek Slim
04 Gotta Go Somewhere Big Creek Slim
05 Mama Got Me Sweepin' Big Creek Slim
06 Those Same Old Blues Big Creek Slim
07 Up In Smoke Big Creek Slim
08 Fishin' In My Pond Big Creek Slim
09 That Medicine Show Big Creek Slim
10 Going Back To Dimbo Big Creek Slim
11 Black And White Blues Big Creek Slim
12 I Flipped A Coin This Morning Big Creek Slim
13 The Great Division Big Creek Slim
Big Creek Slim, a.k.a. Marc Rune, was born and raised in Ikast, a small town in Denmark. He... more
"Big Creek Slim"

Big Creek Slim, a.k.a. Marc Rune, was born and raised in Ikast, a small town in Denmark. He traveled in the United States for a spell around 2008, playing music and writing songs. He now lives in Brazil, in a cabin by the ocean. 'Hope For My Soul" is a great country blues album by Big Creek Slim - gtr/voc, produced by Peder Nande and supported by great musicians like Christian Rannenberg, Nathan James, Paul Allen Jr, a.o

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Tracklist
Big Creek Slim - Twenty-Twenty Blues (CD) CD 1
01 Twenty-Twenty Blues
02 The Goddamn China Cough
03 Little Wheel Rag
04 Gotta Go Somewhere
05 Mama Got Me Sweepin'
06 Those Same Old Blues
07 Up In Smoke
08 Fishin' In My Pond
09 That Medicine Show
10 Going Back To Dimbo
11 Black And White Blues
12 I Flipped A Coin This Morning
13 The Great Division