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Piano Smith - Born Robert T. Smith, a resident of
St. Louis where he is known as Piano Slim. He paid his dues way back in
the '40s and '50s in Houston, Texas working among such first rate
bluesman as Gatemouth Brown,
Little Willie Littlefield,
and Henry Hayes. It was there that he made his first record for a small
label that also starred Smokey Hogg.
His first album for the Swingmaster label, "Mean Woman Blues", was recorded in August of 1981. Other recordings and singles followed, such as the 1983 album, "Gateway To The Blues". This led to six European tours featuring Piano Slim as either a headliner, supporting act, or sideman. When home in St. Louis, he continued to play the local clubs and work with some of the areas notable bluesmen, such as Tommy Bankhead and J.R. Reed. In 1991, Slim was featured on a compilation of St. Louis' blues artists on the Wolf Records label, called "St. Louis Blues Today". Besides Piano Slim, this album included songs and performances by Tommy Bankhead, Doc Terry, J.R. Reed, Oliver Sam and Johnny Johnson.
During this period, Slim began using a popular local St. Louis band, Blues Inquisition, as his backup band. They performed together at regular engagements and special events through the mid nineties. In 1993 they recorded an album together, "Minnie Skirt", his best produced album to date. Shortly after that album was finished, Slim took another "real job" driving a cab, to help raise his grandson. After being "retired" from that job in 2003, he's playing the blues again. Don't miss his latest CD, "Sneaky People", on the Swingmaster label.
Piano Slim is back, and this time to stay. He will get everyone's feet moving and faces smiling, and is again available for hire with his own combo, or backed by Blues Inquisition. Don't miss this opportunity to have one of the "Living Legends" of the blues boogie down at your venue. For booking and further information, please visit Slim's website or call 636-946-5815.