One of Watermelon Slim’s most impressive industry accolades may be the liner notes of “The Wheel Man”, written by the late Jerry Wexler ( Co-Owner Atlantic Records / Produced Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin) said of Watermelon Slim “a one-of-a-kind, pickin’ n singing, Okie dynamo. “The most exciting and authentic blues performer I’ve heard in years.” A.W., Paste Magazine
Born in Boston, raised in Ashville, NC, A Vietnam Veteran, Fisherman, baseball fan, activist Multiple Blues Music Award Winner, and much more, Bill “Watermelon Slim” Homans has built a remarkable reputation with his raw, impassioned intensity. Paste Magazine “The most exciting and authentic blues performer I’ve heard in years.” Look for a new blues record release in early 2019 on NorthernBlues – Toronto.
The big turning point was 2002 when Slim suffered a near fatal heart attack. His brush with death gave him a new perspective on mortality, direction and thus his emergence as a performing musician. Eleven albums later he says, “Everything I do now has a sharper pleasure to it. I’ve lived a fuller life than most people could in two. If I go now, I’ve got a good education, I’ve lived on three continents, and I’ve played music with a bunch of immortal blues players. I’ve fought in a war and against a war. I’ve seen an awful lot and I’ve done an awful lot. If my plane went down tomorrow, I’d go out on top.” And when you watch him perform, you know every word is true