Magic Slim – Just Magic, The Magic Slim Story | DVD Review

Peter Carlson, founder of Sagebrush Productions, has been deeply involved in the clean-up and disposal of nuclear waste for several decades. He also feels a responsibility to do what he can to give something back to the world that he works so hard to preserve. Through Sagebrush, he has released a number of DVDs on blues musicians as well as another series that focuses on the Native American culture. Productions on Pinetop Perkins, Bobby Rush, and Son Seals have garnered critical acclaim in addition to Grammy and Blues Music Award nominations. The latest documentary offers a closer look at Morris “Magic Slim” Holt, who passed away a year ago.Slim and his band, the Teardrops, were known for their driving sound that was steeped in the Chicago electric blues tradition. The DVD features short interview clips of Magic Slim reminiscing about growing up, working a cotton gin, and going to church with his mother every Sunday. He would always try to sit near the piano so he could learn from the woman who played for the church service. She began to teach Slim the basics of playing the piano and he was hooked. But an accident with saw blade, that he describes in detail, cost him the little finger on his right hand, thereby curtailing his future as a piano player. READ MORE