Fillmore Slim

"You know me, I'm Fillmore Slim" has been spoken out loud most everywhere in the city of San Francisco. As Clarence "Fillmore Slim" Sims turned 75 years old in the month of November, 2009, this legendary bluesman continues his music and magic.

Born November 7, 1934 in the rich musical heritage city of New Orleans, Louisiana, "Fillmore" has lived a transformation like no one else. Bestowed upon him are some of the most significant monikers that truly intertwine with a very real American history. "Tailbone", "Guitar Slim", "Fillmore Slim", "the O.G.". His respect and love for music runs through them all.

He grew up on a farm picking cotton and plowing the fields utilizing a mule. As a youngster he discovered music from his grandmother. He moved to the Los Angeles area in 1955, performing with his band Eddie and the Blues Slayers; he relocated to San Francisco opening shows for the likes of BB King and Dinah Washington; his first single released in the late 50ʼs, was a song entitled 'You Got the Nerve of a Brass Monkey' on the Los Angeles based Dooto record label.

This VIP of the music and underworld would go on to be revered by the members of the hip hop world including Snoop Dogg, 50 cent, Big Daddy Kane and MC Lyte. Among other celebrated musicians, he has toured with Joe Tex, Harmonica Slim and Little Willie John, performed with Sly Stone and T-Bone Walker, and recorded with Joe Louis Walker, Bobbie Webb and Rick Estrin. "Fillmore Slim" continues to master his gift of storytelling as singer/guitarist/songwriter.

He is currently working on his 7th blues c.d. titled "The Blues Playa's Ball" on the Mountain Top Label. He is also recording a collection of his favorite jazz standards like "My Funny Valentine". His musical styles, a mix of Blues, R&B, Funk, Rap, Jazz, West Coast Blues and Soul are what make "Fillmore" so chill.

Eugene Huggins Band feat. Felix Bannon

Eugene Huggins has played and worked on stage with Chuck Berry, Buddy Guy and Junior Wells, Swamp Dog, Marc Benno, Ramblin' Jack Eliott, Tom Waits, Harvey Mandel, James Cotton, and many others. In the 80's he played and recorded with the Casuals, opening for some of today's most renowned musical luminaries such as, The Stray Cats, Chris Isaak, Bonnie Raitt, and many others. In the 90's he was pure grass-roots, spreading the word around with "Eugene and the Bluejeans." He also toured with The Harvey Mandel Band, and recorded a CD with him in a band called "Nightfire." Eugene is currently featured on twenty (20) CDs.

In "The Casuals," he backed up Buddy Guy and Junior Wells, at Bill Graham's Club, The Old Waldorf. The show got a great review in the Examiner, written by Phil Elwood. A couple of years later, Eugene opened for Chuck Berry at "The Stone" in San Francisco, and at the "Keystone" in Berkeley. When Eugene went up to Chuck between sets the first night to tell him how much he worshipped him, Chuck asked him to sit in with him on both nights, Chuck calling him on-stage by saying, "I wanna hear some harmonica, where's that white boy?!?" At "Jack's Bar" in San Francisco, "The Bluejeans" backed up James Cotton for two dates, Eugene singing all night with James playing behind him because at the time James wasn't singing.

After playing with "The Bluejeans" for a number of years, Eugene met Harvey Mandel, and toured Texas, Utah, and Nevada, and recorded the "Nightfire" CD, which featured Harvey and Freddy Roulette. In 2000, Eugene recorded the CD, "Life is a Nightmare" at the "Saloon" in Northbeach, which got great reviews in international publications. In 2008, Eugene was on the Nationally Syndicated Television Program, the "Conan O'Brian Show" as a featured player with the Tom Waits Band. One of Eugene's latest recording sessions he plays on Narda Michael Walden's newest CD, featured on the song, "At the Beach."

Eugene currently plays at "The Saloon" in San Francisco's Northbeach, "The No Name Bar" and "The Cruising Club" in Sausalito, to name a few local clubs. He also plays with his friend, Cole Tate, and is featured on Cole's latest CD. At "The No Name Bar" he also does duo shows, sometimes with his friends, Ron Hacker, Austin Delone, Wendy Dewitt, and of course, Cole Tate and others. Besides Cole Tate, Eugene has been working with Guitarist, Felix Bannon, Bassist Burt Winn, Drummer Robbie Bean, and sometimes, Guitarist, Steve Freund. You can catch Eugene annually at “Smitty's Bar” in Sausalito, on New Year's Eve, St. Paddy's Day, and Halloween.

Eugene is currently studying the Chromatic Harmonica, writing and recording songs for his next CD.

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