“Bumble Bee Slim” Easton, “Chain Gang Bound”

“Bumble Bee Slim” Easton was a prolific singer and songwriter whose relaxed, upbeat style and often humorous lyrics made him one of the most-recorded and best-selling blues artists of the 1930s. His work exemplifies the beginnings of what came to be known as the Chicago style, retaining elements of earlier country blues while anticipating the more polished urban sounds of the postwar period. “Chain Gang Bound” shows off Bumble Bee Slim’s complex chord structures, and it is easy to see why rock ‘n roll legends like Keith Richards studied his style.

Chain Gang Bound (play/download mp3)