whiteboy slim

The Earth Ship #22: WhiteBoy Slim

Originally aired live on 2014-11-13

Whiteboy Slim has earned three awards at the 2007 Toronto Exclusive Magazine Music Awards–Best Blues Album, Best Blues Song (“Hey Hold On Stop”), and Best Males Blues Artist..

“It Ain’t Art” won Honorable Mention in the first round of the 2007 Singer/Songwriter Awards.

2007- was given the “True Blues Man” award for perpetuating and preserving the Blues by The Black American Blues Historical Society of Canada.

In 2005 he was nominated Best Blues Act –Toronto Independent Music Awards.

Whiteboy Slim — radioindy — 13 Jan 2010.
Whiteboy Slim knows the Blues. With a voice that channels the spirit of outsized legend, Howlin? Wolf, the harp skills (and tone) to rival Little Walter, the confidence to stretch the blues lexicon without betraying its artistic center, and a crack band that could?ve cut its teeth on the west side of Chicago.

Whiteboy Slim has played music since he was a child, learning trumpet, piano, and sousaphone before he discovered the blues and picked up guitar and harmonica. From his first time on stage in a rock band when he was sixteen, he knew his path in life.

While studying at the Berkelee College of Music in Boston, he rubbed shoulders with musicians like Gary Burton, pianist Al Copley (co-founder of Roomful of Blues), and bassist Ron McClure (bassist with Charles Lloyd, Wynton Kelly, Quest, The 4th Way, Joe Henderson, Blood, Sweat & Tears, The Pointer Sisters, Sarah Vaughan, Thelonious Monk).

After years on the road in everything from showbands to top-40 cover bands, he landed in Toronto where he founded the New Wave Band “Dirty Movies” which still has fans today.

Finally returning to his first love, he formed the Blues Band “Automatic Slim”, which played most of the blues clubs in the city, including the legendary El Mocambo, The Silver Dollar Saloon, and the Black Swan. Automatic Slim was the house band at four different clubs on different nights of the week, and was noted for having best grossing Wednesday night downstairs at the El Mocambo.

After Automatic Slim broke up, he played solo before moving west and starting fresh as Whiteboy Slim. playing bars and festivals such as the Sasktel Jazz Festival, The Mid-Winter Blues Festival, The Prairie Arts Festival, the Flatland Music Festival, Blues for Peace, and many others.
in 2014, Whiteboy released two albums–“Box? What Box?” a two record set that contains both traditional Blues and genre-bending experimental track, and “Live at the Plains Hotel” recently remixed tracks from performances in 2005.
The 2010 release “I’m Still Here” spent over six months in the top ten of the Canadian Roots and Blues charts. It contained the song “Hey Little Girl” was named Best Blues Song by Toronto Exclusive Magazine.