Biography

Formed 5 years ago by veteran Pennsylvania Blues Hall of Fame guitar player Tim "the Perkolator" Perks and young Harmonica ace Derek "Harmonica Slim" Matteson, the band have developed a sound that incorporates classic Chicago style houserocking blues, west coast jump/swing, rock and roll and roots music that both engages and entertains audiences everywhere they play. In addition to playing locally and regionally (including many of the area's major blues festivals) the band has travelled as far south as Florida and as far north as Maine bringing their music to as many people as possible, playing literally hundreds of gigs in the short time they have been together. In 2019 the band was inducted into the Pennsylvania Blues Hall of Fame. In 2020 the band reached the semi finals of the IBC's in Memphis.

Their debut self-titled CD, which was nominated for a Blues Blast magazine award in 2020, contains a majority of originals (as well as some lesser known covers) which offer both stylistic differences between the individual tunes, while also maintaining the integrity of the band’s live sound.

Press & Quotes

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“[Slim & The Perkolators' album] could well be a contender for debut release of the year." 

-John Mitchell, BluesBlast Magazine

ALBUM REVIEW FROM FOTO’S BLUES ROCK HOLLAND 

This is the debut release from a Pennsylvania band.  Founded five years ago, the band revolves around veteran guitarist Tim 'The Perkolator' Perks and young harmonica player Derek 'Harmonica Slim' Matteson, backed by Dave Young on bass and Sean McIntyre on drums; piano has been added to three tracks by Adam Darer and B3 to one track by Eric Christian. The CD was produced by another harper, Mikey Junior, who contributed some backing vocals along with recording engineer Peter Richon, Tim, Derek and Dave.  

Tim and Derek share lead vocals, Tim on eight songs, Derek on six, one instrumental.  Time wrote seven songs, Derek three and there are five covers: Willie Dixon, Louis Myers, Otis Rush, Magic Sam and Little Walter - an impressive list indeed! 

 

 “A good solid band that's playing real blues with a traditional feel, the playing is strong, with some outstanding harp and guitar.” 

-Bruce Iglauer, Alligator Records

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“Fine musicianship that [they] can be proud of.”

-Bruce Iglauer, Alligator Records

Photos

 Debut CD

Debut CD

The Grey Owl Bar & Grill in Rockland, Maine

The Grey Owl Bar & Grill in Rockland, Maine

Bucks County Blues Society

Bucks County Blues Society

Sample Tracks

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Videos

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Upcoming Show Dates

Festivals Played & Other Accolades

2017 Saint Georges Blues Festival Saint Georges, DE 

2019 Bucks County Blues Society Summer Picnic Edgely, PA 

2019 Riverfront Blues Festival Wilmington, DE 

2019 Paoli Blues Festival Paoli, PA 

2019 Phoenixville Blues Festival Phoenixville, PA

*2019 Pennsylvania Blues Hall of Fame* Inductees​ 

  

*Semifinalists at the 2020 IBC's in Memphis*

Input List & Stage Plot

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Booking & Social Media

For all booking inquiries: 

TIM PERKS 

267-884-6211 

blueperkolator@gmail.com