NorthernBlues Music

Escape from the Chicken Coop - Watermelon Slim

 Catalogue #: NBM0054

Escape from the Chicken Coop  

Bill Homans, a.k.a. "Watermelon Slim" is one of the most intriguing bluesmen out there. Watermelon Slim first appeared on the music scene in the early 1970s as the only Vietnam veteran to record a full length LP during the war.

In subsequent years, Slim played with a variety of famous blues stars, but only recently has he become a full-time bluesman.

Less than six months after leaving his last truck driving job, hauling industrial waste, Slim was making a living as a full-time touring bluesman. The decision was predominantly the result of a nearly fatal heart attack, and the renewed perspective on mortality that followed. Logically, why drive industrial waste around Oklahoma to dispose of when one can drive band mates around the US to play music and entertain?

Now that Slim has received a record sixteen Blues Music Award
nominations in the United States, he is the new 'King of the Blues'.


"Watermelon Slim incarnates the deepest and truest roots of American music. Combine Jimmie Rodgers, the Carter Family & Bob Wills with Blind Lemon, Sonny Boy
Williamson and Wilson Pickett-and you have Slim-a one of a kind pickin' & singin' Okie dynamo.
-Jerry Wexler, Legendary Producer

Escape from the Chicken Coop features the best musicians in Nashville, and was recorded at the same studio as
O Brother, Where Art Thou? Two songs were co-written with Gary Nicholson, who writes a lot of songs for Delbert McClinton (who came in to watch Slim record in Nashville).

Watermelon Slim has set a record of sixteen Blues Music Award nominations over the last two years!

Listen to a podcast on Watermelon Slim