St. Louis Slim | Empty Places

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Empty Places

by St. Louis Slim

Chicago Blues with sidesteps to Bluesrock and beautiful ballads with a distinctive sound.
Genre: Blues: Harmonica Blues
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Mi(E)sery
2:43 $0.99
2. Just a Little Bit
3:56 $0.99
3. Whole Lot of Trouble
3:41 $0.99
4. Empty Places
5:43 $1.19
5. Walk On
2:56 $0.99
6. Woke up This Morning
3:46 $0.99
7. Enough
3:24 $0.99
8. Way Too Long
3:54 $0.99
9. Black & White
3:46 $0.99
10. Got to Go
5:03 $0.99
11. More Trouble (Bonus Track)
3:39 $0.99
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Album Notes

Album Notes
What other people say about our CD:

Empty Places is the fourth CD from this Do-it-yourself quintet from The Netherlands. The third album was good, but this album is a real high spot. The chemistry amongst those four gents and their very charming front lady is great. It is just this combination that makes this album so excellent because that is what it is.
St. Louis Slim has found its own style! Occasionally pure blues, but the edges to adjacent styles are being investigated. This is the first album in which all participants are totally in balance and feel free to alternately make their mark on the band sound.

This is also the first album on which the new guitarist Robin Freeman can be heard. He is a really good guitarist and also responsible for the mix and that is unusually good. Check out and listen to the perfect rhythm section of Arno Koster (bass) and Peter Kok (drums); which is solid as a rock...

As with its predecessor, the album starts off with an instrumental: Mi(e)sery, a good old-fashioned duel between the blues harp by Michel de Kok and the slide guitar by Robin Freeman.

Monique Brinkman puts a solid stamp (as she does with all the songs) on the cover Just A Little Bit (R. Gorden).

Whole Lot Of Trouble, an original song. A track which could have given ZZ Top or Suzy Quatro an extra hit. Guitarist Robin excels on this one.

Empty places, the title track. It starts with a beautiful Hendrix-guitar and develops into a fantastic ballad in which Monique easily takes the lead. There is something about this song; it radiates an unspeakable and sincere grief. It is a superb mix, completely in balance. The other main role is for the harmonica by Michel; he makes the song into a keen duet between harmonica and vocals.
This song is St. Louis Slim's best composition. A wonderful hybrid between Spasmodique and Big Brother and The Holding Company (Janis Joplin).

Walk On (Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee). Cover? A more than good cover with a touch of country, which enriches the arrangements. You can't sit still with this one.

Woke Up This Morning (B.B. King). Robin really meets King's standards, but it is not only a guitar song like in King's time, it is more complete.

Enough. The least bluesy number on the album, but beautiful!

Way Too Long, a nice shuffle.

Black And White, genuine St. Louis-influences, nice and swampy…

Got To Go is characterized by how bass and guitar complement each other in a jazzy way.

Bonus track: More Trouble, a reprise of Whole Lot of Trouble but this time with the raw vocals of Arno. A real surprise!

"As reviewer I would really like to have some influence on the album's sales, because I want to see the genuine music lovers to buy this album without hesitation, if only for the title song…"

"All in all St. Louis Slim has its artistic matters in order in an outstanding way. The band has grown out to be balanced. And in comparison with Anouk? Monique wins..."

"The only thing missing is a smoky bar and a good glass of beer."

"Eventually this album could turn out to be the highlight of the Dutch Chicago Blues."



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