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. His previous job was hauling industrial waste, but after a near-fatal heart attack, Slim's renewed perspective
on mortality prompted him to get back to doing what he loves. Why drive industrial waste around Oklahoma to dispose
of when one can drive band mates around the US to play music and entertain?
Slim's NorthernBlues debut, Watermelon Slim & The Workers, has received a near-record six Blues Music Award
nominations, won Mojo Magazine's Best Blues Album of the Year, collected nominations for Album and Artist of the
Year on popular blues ezine Blueswax, won Blues Album of the Year at th Independent Music Awards, and received
a nomination for "Best International Artist" at the Maple Blues Awards, proving that he is truly the new 'King
of the Blues'!
"The Wheel Man" features Magic Slim and Dave Maxwell
as special guests.
Winner of 2008 Blues Music Awards (formerly W.C. Handy Awards)
for Album of the Year over Koko Taylor, Bettye LaVette and Jimmie Vaughan, and Band of the Year.
Six Blues Music Award Nominations in 2007-including Entertainer of the Year, Band of the
Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Traditional
Blues Male Artist of the Year, and Traditional Blues Album
of the Year.
2005 W.C. Handy Nominee for Best New Artist Debut
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