Blues For Esther

by Paris Slim

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This is the first album by California blues artist Franck Goldwasser, formerly known as Paris Slim. The album was originally released in 1989 as a vinyl LP on the Belgian record label Blue Sting. It features some of the Bay Area's most prestigious players of the time, including members of the Robert Cray Band and the Etta James band. "Blues For Esther" was nominated in 1990 for a W.C. Handy award (now called the Blues Music Awards). Franck Goldwasser's first single for the Backtrack label, released in 1985, is included in this album.



Original liner notes by Lee Hildebrand:


While attending art school in Paris, Frank Goldwasser spent most or his time painting life-sized portraits of American bluesmen. Since his move to Oakland six years ago, he now devotes his energies to living and playing the blues.

Paris Slim, as Goldwasser is known professionally, has become a vital contributor to the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Area's music scene. With his own band, as well as backing some of the genre's giants, he has emerged as a first-rate practitioner of the biting West Coast blues guitar style associated with such legends as T-Bone Walker, Lowell Fulson, Poe Wee Crayton and Lafayette “Thing” Thomas.

Born on January 6, 1960, Slim was inspired by the Beatles to take up guitar at age 15 and studied briefly with internationally known iingerpicking virtuoso Marcel Dadi. Slim then came across an album called "Natural Boogie" by Chicago bluesman Hound Dog Taylor. “That was it, ' he recalls. Slim’s father. a manufacturer of fine men's clothing may not have cared tor his son's new wardrobe - ’50’s vintage pin-striped suits - but was supportive of his new musical passion and even bought him a T-Bone Walker album. ln 1980. while Slim was in art school, Oakland bluesman Sonny Rhodes came through Paris. The two jammed together and Rhodes invited his friend to come to Oakland. After one visit, Slim returned to settle there permanently. He landed a job in Troyce Key's band at Eli's Mile High Club, then led the house band while Key took a nine-month break from performing. Among the blues singers Slim backed at Eli's were Rhodes, Jimmy McCracklin, Lowell Fulson, Percy Mayfield, Pee Wee Crayton and Big Mama Thornton. Stints as a sideman with Charlie Musselwhite, Sunnyland Slim, Mitch Woods. and McCracklin followed. For the past two and a half years, Slim has been leading the popular Blue Monday Party Band at Larry Blake's in Berkeley, having taken over tor Tim Kaihatsu when he lelt to join Robert Cray. Among the artists he has featured with the band are Elvin Bishop, Luther Tucker, Sugar Pie DeSanto, Norton Buffalo. Nick Gravenites, Linda Tillery. Mark Hummel, Cool Papa, Earl “Good Rockin'” Brown, Brenda Boykin and Ron Thompson.

Leading his own band, Slim has appeared at many other Bay Area Clubs, as well as at the 1986 San Francisco Blues Festival. His repertoire, consisting of many fine, yet
obscure tunes, is the most consistently interesting of any blues performer in the area.

For his debut album. Slim has pulled together a stellar cast of supporting musicians and selected some outstanding songs. Of special historical note is “Blue Shadows,” a number originally recorded by Lowell Fulson for the Swingtime label. Earl Brown, the stylistic link between Louis Jordan and Hank Crawlord, was the alto saxophonist on the Fulson session and appears here, his searing sound undiminished by the three decades between.

From the opening shuttle strains of Robert Nighthawk's “Someday” through the intense "Tribute to Lowell” (actually a reworking of Fulson’s classic instrumental, “Guitar Shuttle”) that closes Blues for Esther, Paris Slim's album olfers positive proof of why Soul Bag magazine editor Jacques Perin. on a recent trip to Oakland. called him “one
of the most accomplished and inspired guitarists on today's California scene.”

—Lee Hildebrand

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released March 14, 2014

Recorded 1985-1988
Recording and mixing engineer: Dave Wellhausen
Recorded at Dave Wellhausen Studios, San Francisco, CA.
Produced by Franck Goldwasser and Dave Wellhausen
Executive producer: Esther Goldwasser
Mastered by George Horn at Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, CA.
Album design by Sullivan Casper Design, Berkeley, CA.
Photos by Pat Johnson, San Francisco, CA.

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Born in Paris, France in 1960, Franck Goldwasser moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1983. Immersing himself in the area's still vibrant blues scene, Franck worked with some of the most prestigious blues names in West Coast blues, including Percy Mayfield, Lowell Fulson and Charlie Musselwhite. Franck has released several solo albums and has appeared on more than 30 albums. ... more

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Track Name: Someday
Someday you're gonna need need me like I need you
Someday you're gonna need need me like I need you
'Cause when you left me pretty baby you really broke my heart in two

When you were leavin' didn't even say good-bye,
Why did you leave please tell me the reason why,
Someday, you're gonna be so all alone,
You're gonna need for me baby, I won't be in your home

Guitar solo

When you were leavin' didn't even say good-bye,
Why did you leave please tell me the reason why,
Someday, you're gonna be so all alone,
You're gonna need for me baby, I won't be in your home

Someday you're gonna be so all alone
Someday you're gonna be so all alone
If you ever, ever need me call me on your phone
If you ever, ever need me call me on your phone
If you ever, ever need me call me on your phone
Track Name: Can't Raise Me
My baby don't tell me when to come and go
I been raised one time I can't be no more
You and I can talk it over if you think it's wrong
But don't try to boss me 'cause I'm also grown

My momma told me when poppa left
She said "Child, I'm tired, look out for yourself"
Poppa told me too, I ain't lying
I got a bad understanding and a crazy mind

Only way I think I can find
You go your way and I'll go mine
If you hit me baby I'm gonna hit back
And I may not hit back the way you like!
Track Name: Blue Shadows
Blue shadows fallin', since my baby went away
Blue shadows fallin', since my baby went away
Now the blues is my companion every night and every day

Blues came in this morning when my baby said goodbye
Blues came in this morning when my baby said goodbye
I wished I could've changed her mind, but it was no use for me to try

Talk to me baby if it's just by telephone
Talk to me baby if it's just by telephone
I wanna tell you how I feel, what it's like to be alone

If you got a good woman you'd better take my advice
If you got a good woman you'd better take my advice
You treat her like an angel and keep her home at any price
Track Name: Bad Kid
You just a bad kid, whatcha gonna do
You just a bad kid, made me fall in love with you
Well, you're leavin' in the morning and you broke my heart in two

You just a bad kid, wanna hurt me so
You just a bid kid, you know I love you so!
Well, you're leavin' in the morning and I won't see you anymore

You just a bad kid, whatcha gonna do
You just a bad kid, made me fall in love with you
Well, you're leavin' in the morning and you broke my heart in two

You just a bad kid, you just won't let me rest
You just a bad kid, it's you I love the best
Well you're leavin' in the morning and you made my life a mess
Track Name: Let Me Love You Baby
Oooo Wee Baby, I declare you sho' look fine!
Oooo Wee Baby, I declare you sho' look fine!
'Cause a girl like you would make a many man change his mind

I'll give you all I've got for just a little bit of your love
I'll give you all I've got for just a little bit of your love
'Cause since I met you baby that's all I'm thinking of

Let me love you, baby! Let me love you, baby!
Let me love you, baby! Let me love you, baby!
Let me love you, baby, 'til your good lovin' drives me crazy

Baby when you walk, you shakin' like a willow tree
Baby when you walk, you shakin' like a willow tree
For a girl like you I would love to make a fool of me!

Let me love you, baby! Let me love you, baby!
Let me love you, baby! Let me love you, baby!
Let me love you, baby, 'til your good lovin' drives me crazy
Track Name: Stranded
Well, I'm stranded in St.Louis, my baby's down in San Antone
Stranded in St.Louis, my baby's down in San Antone,
I don't know why she left me but I know the little girl is gone

I'm going out on the highway, try to thumb my self a ride
I'm going out on the highway, try to thumb my self a ride
I know I'll never be happy without my baby by my side

Please get me to Kansas City, I'll make it to Texas on my own
Please get me to Kansas City, I'll make it to Texas on my own
Just thinking about my baby will lead me on to San Antone
Track Name: Early In The Morning
Early in the morning and I can't get right,
I had a little time with my baby last night,
Now it's early in the morning, early in the morning,
Early in the morning and I can't get nothing but the blues

I went to all the places where we used to go,
Even went to her house but she don't live there no more,
Now it's early in the morning, early in the morning,
Early in the morning and I can't get nothing but the blues

I went down to Eli's to get something to eat
Troyce looked at me and said, "Paris, you sho' look beat!"
Now it's early in the morning, early in the morning,
Early in the morning and I can't get nothing but the blues

I had a lot of money when I started out,
Now I can't find my baby and all my money's run out
Now it's early in the morning, early in the morning,
Early in the morning and I can't get nothing but the blues
Track Name: High And Lonesome
I'm high and lonesome, be on your merry way
I'm high and lonesome, be on your merry way
Well now, you're packed up and gonna leave me, and I'not gonna let you stay

Now you went 'round to the corner said you'd come back soon
Still you gonna leave me, just waited 'till noon
I'm high and lonesome, be on your merry way
Well now, you packed up, you gonna leave me, and I'not gonna let you stay

Harmonica solo

Well, now tell me, tell me baby, what is wrong with you
You don't treat me honey, like you used to do

Harmonica solo out
Track Name: Paris Slim
When I left my home I was San Francisco bound
When I left my home I was San Francisco bound
Had the blues on my mind, yearnin' for that sweet ole West Coast sound

I got a gig in Oakland playing with the baddest cats in town
I got a gig in Oakland playing with the baddest cats in town
Well they called me "Paris Slim" 'cause they knew I'd get around

One of these mornin's, I'm gonna leave the Frisco Bay
One of these mornin's, I'm gonna leave the Frisco Bay
I'm gonna take these blues back home and play 'em just that way!
Track Name: Mailman
Mailman, mailman, tell me what's taking you so long,
Mailman, mailman, what in the world is taking you so long,
I got a letter comin' from my baby way down in San Anton'

It's been a long, long time since I've seen my baby's face
It's been a long, long time since I've seen my baby's face
If I don't hear from her pretty soon, I might as well get somebody else!

Well, I met her down in Shreveport
Just in November last year
She's been writing the sweetest words
That a man could ever hear
Mailman, mailman, tell me what's taking you so long,
Yes, I got a woman in Shreveport,
She might be down in San Anton'

Solo

Well, I met her down in Shreveport
Just in November last year
She's been writing the sweetest words
That a man could ever hear
Mailman, mailman, you better get on your merry way!
If I don't get my letter right today
You'll never see another day!
Track Name: Don't You Lie To Me
Let's talk it over baby, 'fore we start
I heard about the way you over-do your part
But don't you lie to me
Don't you lie to me
Because it makes me and I get evil as a man can be

You told me that you loved me a long time ago
The fella that you had you don't want him no more
But don't you lie to me
Don't you lie to me
Because it makes me and I get evil as a man can be

There's two kinds of people I just can't stand
That's a lying woman and a thieving man
But don't you lie to me
Don't you lie to me
Because it makes me and I get evil as a man can be

Here's a proposition I will give to you
I give you all my lovin' if you gimme yours too
But don't you lie to me
Don't you lie to me
Because it makes me and I get evil as a man can be