Mean Ole Lonesome Train
Rawer than live steak. That's Lightnin' Slim. Lightnin' Slim (his real name was Otis Hicks) may have been the rawest artist in the Excello Records stable, and with a roster list that included Slim Harpo, Silas Hogan, and Lonesome Sundown, that's saying something. Slim's barely serviceable (but surprisingly effective) vocals and rudimentary electric guitar skills, backed by sparse drums and the occasional blast of a harmonica, all drenched in producer Jay Miller's trademark bayou reverb, are the very definition of the genre that came to be known as swamp blues.