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Moods: Type: Lo-Fi Blues: West Coast Blues Blues: Chicago Style Blues: Harmonica Blues

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United States - California

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Chickenbone Slim

Chickenbone Slim has been playing blues for over 25 years, first as a bassist and vocalist, and since 2011 as a guitarist. CB plays a primitive, tough, bare knuckle electric blues, born in the middle of the last century. With a talented band made up of top San Diego blues musicians, CB is able to explore and take risks with his original material and interpretation of traditional blues.

His first CD “Gone” was nominated Best Blues Recording at the 2016 San Diego Music Awards, and his new CD “The Big Beat” release date September 15, 2017 is already well received, with international airplay debuting at #35 on the Blues Radio Charts and garnering glowing reviews-“This is one of the finest things I have heard in this style in a while.  It is very deeply rooted in blues traditions, immaculately played, and deals with everyday situations.”-Bill Wilson

Sometimes the sound of the band is more uptown Chicago and sometimes Southern Delta or Texas, but in an intimate setting it’s more juke joint than ballroom. His live blues performances are organic, situational, and distinct. No two shows are alike.

“Sometimes we have to play almost acoustically, and other times we get to let it hang out, but it always has to be about the tone. I prefer a solid groove that is at a comfortable level, and we get all that and more with our vintage, low watt tube amplifiers.” The lo-fi approach makes the band versatile and flexible without sacrificing the energy inherent in traditional blues. To younger listeners, it’s a culture shock to hear music that is actually performed without loops, samples or repetition. The spontaneity and improvisation make it uncommonly unique. 

Since he formed the band, Chickenbone has played over 500 performances, including the Adams Avenue Street Fair and Unplugged, The Lemon Festival, top clubs throughout San Diego and short tours into Arizona and Northern California.