vrijdag 7 juli 2017
Watermelon Slim & The Truckers live. Q-Bus Leiden, 5 July 2017
This was exactly the right decision to make as it was blues we got in several guises. The impression that "the blues" is an alternative kind of faith was impressed upon the audience several times. Watermelon Slim talks a lot during the show while tuning his "cheap Chinese guitar" or otherwise turning the talk into a kind of sermon where the audience is more or less invited to roar in accordance, in place of the amen at a regular service. So let's see if president Trump is no longer president in February next year. I seriously doubt it by now and we may be stuck with the man for another 7 and a half year.
With a face showing hardship and characteristically no dentures, Homans does his thing, professionally supported by a bass player and drummer and a much younger guitarist who regularly had to find his way through some of the songs, apparently not familiar (yet) with all the songs -and play a great solo in a song where he was obviously looking for what chords the others were playing. Now following their leadman is not always easy as he tends to go off and not always arrives where it is expected. Creating the more atmosphere and lived through experience because of it.
Alternating between a harmonica and, mostly, the dobro guitar, Watermelon Slim played some blistering solos during his songs. I came to learn that there's only one country in the world that produces dobro capo's and that there are two companies in that country. I'd personally never seen one before. With the guitar in front of him lying on its flight case harsh sound were pulled out of it, like musical allegories for the harsh sides of life in general and personal hardships in particular.
In short, it was the right decision to go deep into the blues on this Wednesday night.
(All photo's by) Wo.