Carolina Slim was born in Denmark, South Carolina, in 1926. His father, uncle, and older brother were all musicians and passed on their knowledge of the blues. To this day, Carolina Slim continues to champion the Piedmont Blues that he learned in his youth. This unique style, marked by its rich harmonies and poly-rhythmic finger-picking guitar patterns, is one of the great foundations of American music. Carolina Slim migrated to New York as a young man, and has lived here and raised his family in the Big Apple. He has played an integral role as keeper of the blues idiom in New York City. His performances in the subway system as part of the MUNY program have been an essential ingredient in New York City culture and his mentoring of young musicians is another continuation of his legacy.
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