KING SIZE SLIM: SOUND....... 2016 has been another busy and creative year for all at KING SIZE SLIM. Starting back in January with a special invitation to 2 Seas Studio in the Kingdom of Bahrain to record a number of original tracks at the world-class recording facility. Then the release of the much anticipated album 'Chukka Chukka' in April garnered great reviews including a 4/5 ' Terrific Stuff' star rating in leading UK music magazine R2 along with plenty of local, national and international radio airplay across Europe and the rest of the world
Touring began in early May with a long list of UK solo shows and a UK tour with Harmonica-blues-loop-machine maniac Son Of Dave.
Following on into the summer with a bunch of festival dates including BoomTown, Broadstairs Folk Week and Cicle de Blues de Barcelona. Collaborations this year include work on Skip 'Little Axe' McDonalds latest album , and live work with Steve Finnerty of Alabama 3's project JNK DLX.
As we head towards the end of the year theres still a heap of live shows to come and recording work on the next KING SIZE SLIM release due in mid-2017.
All at KING SIZE SLIM hope to see you at a show near you soon.
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September '16 Autumn touring
The Autumn months of 2016 will see KING SIZE SLIM touring the UK, Northern France, Belgium and Catalonia. This includes shows with loop-machine blues maniac Son Of Dave and a support show for R'n"B legends Nine Below Zero. Of particular interest to the KING SIZE SLIM team is the short but sweet 6 day tour of Catalonia taking in a special invitation to play an exclusive set for Societat de Blues de Barcelona and also at Casa Irla , a beautiful arts centre venue in Mediterranean town of St.Fileu de Guixolls. Casa Irla is the once childhood home of Josep Irla the president-in-exile of Catalonia during the dark days of Franco. During the life-time of the venue it has served as ,a cafe-bar , a hostelry ,an historic meeting place of political groups, a squat-punk venue and now an Arts Centre housing a museum to its most famous former resident Josep Irla.
Catch KING SIZE SLIM live throughout Autumn '16. Subscribe www.kingsizeslim.com for shows near you.
UK shows in October
Catalonia shows October
August 2016 Long hot summer.....
All at KING SIZE SLIM are very happy to have received a shining 4/5 star review from one of the UKs leading music magazines. R2 magazine covered the album 'Chukka Chukka'. in a summer edition. Heres what they had to say..... 4/5 star review....... "Terrific Stuff"
"Few artists create a distinctive sound but KING SIZE SLIM aka Toby Barelli has done just that. His rootsy guitar grooves and often home-made percussion sounds may in themselves be idiosyncratic but throughout Chukka Chukka the memorable instrument is Slims voice. Not,it should be stressed, because he is a particularly impressive singer , but due to a punchy phrasing a rhythmical delivery that convert his vocals into an additional percussion instrument........ The title track spins a more modern ,more melodic take on Hill country drone blues a style that reoccurs on 'America Ground with its quirky vocals and hypnotic guitar vibe. 'Story of a young man" adds an updated rhythm and contemporary lyrics to its traditional blues core while both 'Love Divine' and 'May we find' are gospel based gems. "Long Lonely Time"an uptempo blues harmonica number neatly melds retro and modern sounds with his percussive vocals again to the fore on 'I can roll my own"...... terrific stuff. "
KING SIZE SLIM 'Chukka Chukka' is available in all good record shops and also on C.D and Download here....... http://www.treehouse44.com/chukka-chukka