~ Slim Pickens ~
Slim Pickens is singer, songwriter, guitarist and producer with a penchant for the aesthetics of simpler times. Think Woody Guthrie meets Ramblin’ Jack Elliot with a little Ry Cooder unpredictability thrown into the mix.
Martin Jones – Rhythms Magazine Dec 2010
Slim’s fate was sealed when, as a baby, he crawled into an empty guitar case and went to sleep when the lid came down, giving his parents, who couldn’t find him, some early grey hairs. He has played music professionally now for over 40 years… blues bands,rock bands, funk bands, folk rock bands, jazz bands and has now come full circle back to his roots. Country/blues/roots/old-timey acoustic music.He has toured and played festivals all over Australia and Europe (including Byron Bluesfest several times). He is a multi-award winner who has produced six albums. His 3rd album “Happy Trails” went to #2 on the Australian Blues and Roots Charts. His music has been heard on radio in the USA, Argentina, Germany, France, Norway, Canada, Czech Republic, Ireland and Australia as well as radio broadcasts on the World Wide Web.
His latest album “Hankering” has had airplay on the BBC and other radio stations throughout Europe.
Rhythms Magazine Review April 2014 for “Hankering”
NSW North Coast local Slim Pickens has kept himself busy in recent times, particularly now that he’s set up his own home recording studio. Here he indulges his love for Hank Williams with a tribute album to country music’s greatest singer-songwriter that coruscates with both personality and reverence. Though Pickens is capable of handling most instrumentation himself, he assembled a fantastic band to back him, with regular cohort Dr Baz on accordion, Neil McCann on drums and Dougie Bull on bass. The venerable Ray Cullen adds sweet old-school pedal steel and special guests include Gleny Rae on fiddle and Warren Earl, who plays some very tasty electric guitar.
Slim’s vocal approach is way more laid back than Williams’ and that’s perhaps what gives this album its unique character. His version of “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry”, for example sounds like it was recorded on morphine (that’s meant as a compliment).
The band is more than capable of getting perky on songs like “Fly Trouble” (great guitar solo) and “Move It On Over”. I’d prefer to listen to this homemade, heartfelt tribute to Hank over any star-studded big studio production any day.
.. Martin Jones