It may have taken Alabama Slim 50 years to get into the recording studio, but when he did, he brought with him the haunting magic of the very roots of blues. A tall man whose guitar work is spare and understated, and a lonesome, moaning singing style he learned as a child from his elders, Alabama Slim calls to mind the steamy Alabama juke joints where he earned his chops. Born Milton Frazier, he grew up listening to Big Bill Broonzy and Lightnin’ Hopkins on his parents’ 78s, influences evident in every note. With a hand-up from Music Makers Relief Foundation, he’s been touring the country and Europe, recorded two fine albums – Blue and Lonesome and The Mighty Flood – and now appears at the festival as one of its finest practitioners of a revered musical tradition.