Slim Digs Deep!
Slim Butler´s debut CD hails from the unfamiliar hot bed of Finland´s blues scene, Rovaniemi. A Meeting of Finland´s finest in Lapland´s famous artic town on a beautiful autumn weekend produced a seriously hip-sounding CD with 10 songs.
All the songs are written by Jarmo 'Slim' Puhakka himself way before he entered the studio. A number of true veterans of the local Finnish Blues fraternity provided solid backup to Slim´s highly personal songs.
The icing on a cake are the album´s vocalists who are both from U.S.A. Sugar Ray Norcia is best known for being the front man and vocalist for Boston´s legendary bands – Ronnie Earl & The Broadcasters, Roomful Of Blues and his own The Bluetones. Also sharing the vocal duties is a rising new star to watch out for, Andrew Black from Atlanta who adds a soulful southern flavor to the mix.
'Inner Blues' has that authentic sound and feel of an old recording because it was produced & mixed by Gentle Giant of the Blues, Otis Grand. Otis keeps an experienced eye on the proceedings and also provides stingin´ lead guitar work on a couple of tunes.
Incidentally, this album was recorded using old analogue recording equipment in a rustic cottage, Villa Willamo in the Arctic Circle, Rovaniemi. This authentic live in the studio feel was captured perfectly on magnetic tape by Valanne Mobile Analogue Recording Service. How Blue can you get?