Bill “Watermelon Slim” Homans’ legend as a working bluesman has accumulated through a colourful lifetime of lived experiences that has earned him the praise of PASTE magazine as “one hell of a bottleneck guitarist and he’s got that cry in his voice that only the greatest singers in the genre have had before him.” His remarkable journey began in a Vietnam hospital bed, where he taught himself upside-down left-handed guitar on a $5 balsa wood model using a pick fashioned from a rusty coffee can top and an Army-issued Zippo in lieu of a slide. In the decades since, he’s earned 17 Blues Music Award nominations in four years and a record-setting number of wins that rivals the likes of B.B. King, Buddy Guy and Robert Cray.
Slim’s diverse background, from Vietnam service to farming watermelons in Oklahoma, has added a genuine grit to his music, and further honed to a hard-edged passion for life by a near-fatal heart attack in 2002, resulting in the raw, heartfelt songs he performs today.
Fri March 1 Georgetown ON
Sat March 2 Guelph ON
Sun March 3 Waterloo ON
TuesMarch 5 TBD
Wed March 6 Alma ON
Thurs March 7 Vasey ON
Fri March 8 Haliburton County ON
Mon March 11 Peterborough ON
Tues March 12 Thomasburg ON
Wed March 13 TBD
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Home Routes / Chemin Chez Nous acknowledges that we operate on the traditional lands of the Anishinaabe, Ininew and Dakota peoples, and on the homeland of the Metis nation. We have produced thousands of concerts across Canada, a land home to well over 600 First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities.