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Up Close & Personal ()


Watermelon Slim (his real name is Bill Homans) strips things down to basics on Up Close & Personal, a move that brings out the raw, impassioned intensity of his songs, and brings him as close as he's ever gotten to a fresh contemporary vision of country blues. The instrumentation here is sparse, usually just Slim alone with his National Steel guitar (a couple tracks feature his fevered harmonica style, and on the moving "Bridgebuilder" he plays a kalimba thumb piano), and at times he sounds like a looser, more unhinged John ...

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  1. Truck Holler, No. 1
  2. Blue Freightliner
  3. The Last Blues
  4. I Don't Care No More
  5. Stud Poker
  6. Smokestack Lightning
  7. Cynical Old Bastard
  8. Two Trains Running
  9. Bridgebuilder
  10. Too Old Is Getting Younger All the Time
  11. Highway 61
  12. Scalemaster Blues
  13. Archetypal Blues
  14. Got My Will Made Out
  15. Mean Streets
  16. Truck Holler, No. 2
  17. The Whaler's Battle Cry
  18. Trashy Trashmen
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