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Sugarmill Slim

Los Angeles, California, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2020 | SELF

Los Angeles, California, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2020
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"Sugarmill Slim -- Sugarmill Slim"

Occasionally a debut album really grabs ahold of me and gives me true hope for the future of the blues. The ten-track, self-titled record from Sugarmill Slim is truly one of those. It’s loaded down with six ripping deep-cut covers and four marvelous originals delivered in a fearless juke-joint fashion. Sugarmill Slim aka Anders La Source is a multi-instrumentalist based in the Los Angeles/Hollywood/San Fernando Valley area who found focus playing harmonica in the confines of raw blues. Produced, engineered, and mixed by Chuck Kavooras (Bob Margolin, The Mannish Boys), the album features Slim on harp and lead vocals, with a band comprised of Courtney Kakebeen on bass guitar, Slam McAdam on drums, Luca Neroni on guitar, and Isaac Rawdog Plummer on organ and piano.

From the beginning of their cover of Muddy Water’s “Just to be With You”, I was totally amazed at the intensity of Slim’s harp playing and his made-for-the-blues vocals. His cover of Little Walter’s “Me and Piney Brown” is a pure delight. Plummer wails on the organ of this red hot rhythm section. A funky slice of soul “Leaving Truck” is an uncontested favorite. “Screamin’”, an instrumental which first landed on the debut album of The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, is given a makeover cloaked in steamy Memphis soul. It reminds me immensely of the MGs. More intense blues follows with covers of Sonny Boy Williamson II’s Help Me” and Junior Wells’ “Little by Little”. These are absolutely fabulous. Slim sings with the ferocity of Jerry Lee Lewis on “Hook Me Up”, the scorching original track he first released as a single.

I’m so glad I stumbled upon this record. This is honestly one of the best straight-up blues albums I’ve heard this past year. I highly recommend checking it out. You will not be disappointed. - Philly Cheeze’s Blues and Rock Reviews


"sugarmill slim (USA) - "sugarmill slim""

Like a trotting horse entering a fine glass shop. Without having discovered the harmonica as an instrument, he fell into his hands a Paul Butterfield album, discovered Sonny Boy Williamson and Muddy Waters and that's how it all began. Pianist, drummer, guitarist and above all harmonica player, originally from Los Angeles, Anders La Source (Sugarmill Slim) is the present of the blues, a living force of nature, a musician with an exuberant personality, a transgressive force and a lucid performer of the reality that he has had to live. Seduced by the heterodoxy and irreverence of fashion in clothing, La Source embodies the glamor of Bowie and T-Rex, the impudence of Prince and the solvency of the Stones. His riffs with the harmonica are like gusts of wind that shake your face in the middle of a storm, his presence and personality awakens in the listener endless sensations prone to enjoyment and emotion. It's unbridled blues music. Make no mistake, if you are a quiet man do not try with him - Blues 21


"Sugarmill Slim: “Sugarmill Slim”"

The Los Angeles-based artist calls his music glammed up blues, harmonica punk or filthy harmonica blues. Both descriptions fit this debut album, on which Slim crafts a down and dirty updated take on classic 1950s/’60s Chicago blues. He does credible covers of such blues classics as “Little By Little,” “Me and Piney Brown,” “Help Me” and “Leaving Trunk,” breathing life into the songs with his nasty and sassy harmonica playing (plus an occasional inspired guitar solo from Luca Neroni). He also mixes in a few worthy original tunes, such as “Hook Me Up” and “Boogie, Ya Fools.” What may help Sugarmill Slim get noticed (besides what, by all accounts, is a dynamic stage presence) may be his androgynous Bowie-ish look — a rare gambit in a genre that projects toughness and traditional genders. Hopefully Slim will continue to develop as a songwriter because in the end, his music will have to speak for itself. - The Morning Call


"Glammed up blues harmonica punk from L.A."

“Sugarmill Slim's self-titled debut album is Slim's vision of raw, solid and unadulterated blues, his idiosyncratic but interesting take on American roots music, which he places again in a contemporary context. An excellent debut by an artist that I definitely want to taste live!…“ (ESC – rootstime.be) - Rootstime


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SUGARMILL SLIM

Produced, engineered and mixed by Chuck Kavooras at Slideaway Music Studios
Co-Produced by Sugarmill Slim
Mastered by Erick Labson at Universal Mastering

Sugarmill Slim: Harp & vocals
Courtney Kakebeen: Bass guitar
Slam McAdam: Drums
Luca Tunafish Neroni: Guitar
Isaac Rawdog Plummer: organ & piano

Album Artwork: Brittany Brooks
Photo: Nolwen Cifuentes


Album release date:30 January 2021

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With their scorching harp playing and electric stage presence Los Angeles glam-bluesman Sugarmill Slim has been garnering acclaim from the likes of Jimmy Vivino, Mark Agnesi, Barry Goldberg and LA's blues community. A fixture on the jam scene around Hollywood and the San Fernando Valley, Slim could be seen performing alongside Vivino and Slash at NAMM 2020 while maintaining multiple weekly residences in Los Angeles’ blues clubs.

But Sugarmill Slim isn’t a traditional harmonica bluesman. Rather, he’s a refracted stage persona of musician Anders La Source. “I spent years touring playing drums and keyboards but the harp was always my focus. I had a clear vision of the kind of music I wanted to make, but I worried I didn’t have the confidence to front a band” La Source says “But I found that if I imagined it was someone else in front of the audience, I could perform with total abandon, using an alias to play the things I wanted to play”

Slim’s debut, recorded with his gig-seasoned band of young musicians, is the ultimate document of his vision: raw, violent, no-holds-barred blues, warts and all. Produced, engineered and mixed by Chuck Kavooras (Sugar Ray Rayford, Mannish Boys) and mastered by Grammy award winning engineer Erick Labson at United Records, the record’s 10 songs scorch and sizzle, with nary a minute wasted as Sugarmill Slim reminds you that you’re not your insecurities. And with the power of hot music (and maybe a stiff drink) all things are surmountable.

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