Saturday, July 22, 2006

Maurice Richard Libby (Whiteboy Slim)

Just got this in from Maurice Richard Libby and what a treat.
Maurice is heavily influenced by the sounds of Ray Charles and Louis Armstrong and early on was popular for filling venues such as the El Mocambo, The Silver Dollar Saloon and Black Swan with his band Automatic Slim. Maurice studied Jazz and Composition at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. He formed a solo career when Automatic Slim disband.

Maurice is scheduled to play the Mid Point Music Festival in Cincinnati in September.

This cd, his first as a solo act, Homemade was released in 2003 and shows he has some great talent.
From the opening song Slow Down’s nostalgic sound, we hear some great stuff. A boogie number is next in Hey Babe. This sounds like a great tune to see him do live. I Found A Woman is next and is a shuffle. His jump blues sound is great. He moves into Flesh & Blood next, which is another shuffle type. He has a refreshing sound like the greats of old. He follows this up with I Never Lied To You Baby, Which is a great song. The heavily gospel influenced Sing Hallelujah is next and has a nostalgic blues sound with modern twist. Waiting For The Sun is next and features his skill on harp. Into the Wind is up next and opens with a great bit of harp before taking us thru another modern old type tune. Reasons You Need (To Sing The Blues) follows and features a unique style and sound that mixes modern music with blues. It’s Strange is next and it is aptly named. I found it an odd arrangement, but he makes it work if you stay with it. He closes the offering with Bad Timing and I had to agree. I didn’t want to see it end so soon.

Maurice Richard Libby aka Whiteboy Slim is a great artist and songwriter. He will be sure to carve out a place of his own in the world of blues with more offerings such as this. His new cd will be released in August 2006.

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