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Happy Trails

by Slim Pickens

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Creole Belle 03:34
Alison Pearl 02:44
Dust Storm 04:22


One of a slew of (mostly unsung) talented roots artists you can regularly catch in the Byron Bay area venues. Slim Pickens is singer, songwriter, guitarist and producer with a penchant for the aesthetics of simpler times. Think Woody Guthrie meets Ramblin’ Jack Elliot with a little Ry Cooder unpredictability thrown into the mix.

Most commonly appearing alongside trusted buddy Dr Baz, here Pickens releases a selection of songs under his own name, taking care of all vocals, guitars, mandolin, banjo and bass and recruiting Baz for some piano and accordion and Neil McCann for drums where required.

There’s one original composition on the record, written about local music identity Alison Pearl and how she fended off a mugger in New York City. The remaining material reveals Pickens’ musical inspirations, opening with Mississippi John Hurt’s ‘My Creole Belle’, stopping at Guthrie’s ‘Dust Can’t Kill Me’ and ‘Vigilante Man’, old-timey songs ‘I Will Fly Away’ (dedicated to his father), ‘Tamp Em Up Solid’ (with acknowledgement of Ry Cooder’s version) and ‘Can’t Get That Stuff No More’ (Tampa Red). Most of these songs also demonstrate Pickens’ lively sense of humour.

Part folk, part cowboy, part Cajun, Pickens assimilates his loves with delicacy and ardour. If this record doesn't make you smile, you could be beyond help.

Martin Jones – Rhythm Magazine


released December 15, 2010

Slim Pickens ... Vocals, Harmonies, Guitars, Mandolin, Banjo, Percussion, Double Bass
Dr Baz ... Piano, Lap Steel Guitar, Accordion
Neil McCann ... Drums


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Slim Pickens Byron Bay, Australia

Slim has toured and played festivals all over Australia and Europe. He is a multi-award winner who has produced eight albums. His “Happy Trails” album went to #2 on the Australian Blues and Roots Charts. His music has been heard on radio in the USA, South America, Europe and Australia as well as broadcasts on the internet.
His album “Hankering” has been getting airplay on the BBC.
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