Guitarist Frank “Paris Slim” Goldwasser is no stranger to those who’ve been paying attention to the West Coast blues scene over the last two decades. Born in Paris, France in 1960, his initial blues inspiration came from Hound Dog Taylor’s “NATURAL BOOGIE” LP. After working his first professional gig at age 21 supporting visiting U.S. bluesman Sonny Rhodes, Rhodes invited him to move to the San Francisco Bay Area. With the commitment of a true believer, Franck packed his bags and moved to the Bay Area within a year, whereupon he was immediately hired by Troyce Key to play in the house band at Key’s legendary Eli’s Mile High Club in Oakland. Over the ensuing years, Goldwasser has earned a WC Handy Award nomination for his first recording, Blues For Esther, and has played alongside renowned musicians as Jimmy McCracklin, Percy Mayfield, Lowell Fulson, Charlie Musselwhite and The Mannish Boys with whom he received multiple Blues Music Award nominations and wins.
Goldwasser lived in Portland for a few years before returning to California and built up quite the following in the city. On Friday, September 21, he will be returning for a show at Catfish Lou’s, 2460 NW 24th Avenue, at 9:00 pm. Admission for this 21 & over show will be $10.00 at the door.