The North Door
"...News just went out of a benefit tomorrow night Friday at the Hotel Vegas for 74-year-old guitar whisperer Slim Richey, who according to promoter Lucy the Poodle Productions was badly injured in a hit and run accident last Friday while his band the Jitterbug Vipers loaded out from a venue on East Sixth Street after a performance...."
"...“The most dangerous guitar player in Texas” wasn’t half as threatening as that handle implies. In reality, Slim Richey was a joyous human being..."
"...By the entrance, Slim Richey quietly leans against the wooden railing. Unmistakable in his white hat and white-rimmed plastic sunglasses that match the color of his long, whisping beard, twisted loosely into a braid, Richey greets the arrivals to the April 1 benefit in his name with handshakes and hugs...."
"...It’s one of those times where my expectations exceed my gratitude. Traci Lamar Hancock’s family posted a second tender but terse request, Harold McMillan was roughed up in Houston, and the fucker who ran down Slim Richey in February is still tooling around...."
"...The singer says she was inspired to change her musical trajectory when she met Slim Richey, the Vipers’ guitarist, and his wife, band bassist Francie Meaux Jeaux...."
"...Didja hear the one about the Austin musician mowed down by a hit-and-run driver while loading his equipment on Sixth Street? Sorry, no punch line here for Slim Richey of the Jitterbug Vipers. That really happened to him in February, and was reported thusly via a post on Sarah Sharp's Facebook page: "I just saw the worst thing I have ever seen..."
"...R.I.P. Slim Richey Austin lost a true original last Sunday with the passing of its jazz guitar whisperer, who waltzed off the mortal coil at age 77 due to lymphoma..."
"...Slim Richey's Dream Band..."
"...Dear Editor, Oh so sad to get this news [“Slim Richey 1938-2015,” Music, June 1]. I never in my life met a man as in-the-flow and nonresistant..."
"...Marks became friends and a protégé of Austin jazz elder Slim Richey when he was in his teens...."
"...Slim Richey receives the ultimate afterparty Sunday at Fischer Hall outside Wimberley. The free-spirited jazz guitarist, who died of lymphoma May 31, gets toasted by friends, fans, and fellow musicians at the event, which begins at 2pm and carries on all night with camping..."
"...Thu., 7:10pm, Campground stage Smoky retro jazz sets a chill vibe for OSMF's annual soft opening on Thursday, equally at home around the campfire as a dark nightclub. Slim Richey's six-string wizardry and Sarah Sharp's languid vox lead the veteran Austin quartet on 2013's Phoebe's Dream, a sumptuous sound guaranteed to mellow whether your tea's for drinking or smoking..."
"...8pm, Elephant Room Pivoting on jazz-grass legend Slim Richey and fronted by the breathy vocals of Sarah Sharp, Austin quartet Jitterbug Vipers revels in the smoky haze of Thirties "viper," which hearkens back-alley tea rooms and smooth, slinky rhythms. Last year's Phoebe's Dream marked the band's return after a 2012 hit-and-run accident sidelined Richey, but his guitar-playing remains a marvel..."
"...Slim Richey is the wily man with the white beard who's never without a guitar and a smile. With his Dream Band, Richey plays jazz standards with a twist, but with the Back Porch Vipers, he lets crooner Karen Abrahams take the spotlight..."
"...Price conveys the pleasant resolve of "It's Alright With Me" and the comfortable longing of "So Nice to Come Home To" without flourish or flash, and that's what makes the songs so effective. The spare trumpet work of Phil Richey and Martin Banks, the steady guitar of Slim Richey, and the beautifully unobtrusive sax of Mark Kazanoff all take similar roles to Price's vocals, producing a mildly stylized tribute to Porter's genius..."
"...Hickoids picker Davy Jones and folkie Sarah Elizabeth Campbell are up for Hall of Fame honors. Jitterbug Vipers' six-string charmer Slim Richey could take his second Best Guitar honors..."
"...Guitar: Slim Richey..."
"...King, Joe B. Mauldin, Ian "Lemmy" Kilmister, Bryn Merrick, Leonard Nimoy, Sean Price, John Renbourn, Slim Richey, Cynthia Robinson, Chris Squire, P.F..."
"...The 82-year-old local icon is still inhaling (and exhaling), despite multiple news hoaxes reporting his death this year. Austin music did lose some favorite characters in 2015: virtuoso fiddler Johnny Gimble died at 88, jazz guitar maverick Slim Richey celestially ascended at age 77, Dave Hermann – who jump-started Red River punk with early Nineties dive Cavity Club – passed at age 53, Hickoids/Dicks guitarist Davy Jones exited the stage at 61, and Dave Sprauer, the brash owner of South Congress dive Trophy's, kicked the bucket in August. Did Austin really used to be "so much cooler back in the day"?..."
"..."When you're high, there's nothing else to do but watch your very next breath make its way through the sky," melts Sarah Sharp in a tranquil vocal haze on "When You're High," lulling an ephemerality that seeps through the entirety of Phoebe's Dream. Featuring nine new originals from the local quartet, the disc mines their smooth and intoxicating Thirties "viper jazz," while also marking the return of Austin guitar maestro Slim Richey, recovered from last year's hit-and-run (see "Viper Moon", April 20, 2012)..."