Big City Rhythm & Blues – April/May 2013
“Packard Slim has been a student of Jazz and R&B, blowing sax for more than a decade. Seeking a blues Education Slim took up guitar and earned his way through the school of the Chicago blues masters. This “Packard In Primer” could be his text book to the blues, a chronological progression from the delta, to the Mississippi hills, to Chicago, a trip out west and onward to the roots of rock n roll. Putting these foundations into practice, Packard has released his first solo project as a minimalist undertaking, one man, one guitar, one microphone, and no over-dubs.
This ten song set kicks off with a classic “Rollin’ and Tumblin’” and then glides into Son House’s “Death Letter,” demonstrating his slide guitar technique. Slim jumps into a strumming and singing frenzy with Charley Patton’s “Lovin’ Blues” then progresses into Chicago Blues with two tunes from Magic Sam “Give Me Time” and “How Long.” Then Packard takes it to the hill country with a moving rendition of R L Burnside’s “Goin’ Down South.” Packard continues his journey forward towards more contemporary classics like the Alan Wilson of Canned Heat’s “On The Road Again” and the signature tune of Ellas McDaniels “Bo Diddley.” Two of the more interesting cuts on the CD include Packards only original, a simple instrumental called “Marina’s Old Tyme Rag” and his hand clapping a capella version of “Black Betty.”
Highlighting the relaxed and intimate character of the blues, Packard Slim’s “Packard In Primer” is a study in its basic elements.” – Roger & Margaret White