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Watermelon Slim and the Workers

Saturday, April 22, at Knuckleheads.

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Watermelon Slim and his hard-drivin' proletariat, the Workers, slam down blues for all of us paycheck-to-paycheck people. His latest CD deals with "Hard Times" and "Hard Labor," and one of the best tunes, "Check Writing Woman," describes rocketing across Oklahoma using money he doesn't have to cover checks his woman has been bouncing. The hardscrabble Slim (Bill Homans on his own checks) can even take a song about one poor sinner with a monkey on his back, riding in the "Devil's Cadillac" toward the crossroads — a song that encapsulates pretty much the whole history of the blues — and make it sound like everyone's biggest worry. As he understands all too well, he's right.

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