The true greats of blues music generated enormous excitement and awe in their audiences. They did so with flamboyant showmanship; with aloof, tough delivery; with elegance and charisma; with passionate virtuosity; with all sorts of styles, but always with original talent and awesome presence.
Whiteboy Slim, (Maurice Richard Libby), carries the blues tradition. His raw, authoritative delivery is obviously born of his respect for the music. He bows to the sounds that have traditionally portrayed American troubles, laying them under today's influences to create genuinely modern music.
Slim says it best himself: "I stay true to the spirit of the music, walking the tightrope between the spiritual and the profane. I play old tunes by Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf - all the greats - and unusual stuff like some Fats Waller. I do a lot of original tunes as well: twelve bar blues with lyrics that speak to contemporary experience. I'm sure not going to try to write like a sharecropper from Mississippi."
Since 2014 Whiteboy Slim has been playing in a "two man quartet" with Dustin Bowyer, who plays drums and bass simultaneously.
Whiteboy Slim returns with even more high-energy Blues--12 tracks of classic and original Blues, (and an occasional trip into Reggae, Rockabilly, and Jazz), plus two bonus tracks. Everything was recorded live--in the studio and at gigs by producer Larry Gusaas. Like 2015's "Queen Street Blues" this recording is made with the amazing one-man rhythm section Dustin Bowyer, who plays bass and drums at the same time. It is easy to forget that there are only two people playing when you listen to the big full sound these two put out.
This is music that is raw and real and real with very few edits or studio tricks --with the exception of the extended version of "Man With a Gun-- which shows off the production skills of producer Larry Gusaas in a collage of outtakes from various sessions.
The Official release parties of "Diversity" will be at 8:00 PM on Monday October 3, 2016 at Bushwakkers Brew Pub. 2206 Dewdney Ave, Regina, SK
And at 8:00 PM on Wednesday October 26, 2016 at Chillers Brew Pub. 510 Home Street West Moose Jaw, SK