Press

"Johnny Winter brought the blues to Oshawa, while Magic Slim and The Teardrops were to open the show, the audience was told Magic Slim was in a Pennsylvania hospital. However The Teardrops, with Magic Slim's son Shawn Holt on guitar, were a hit with the crowd from the beginning and certainly didn't disappoint."
- DURHAMREGION.COM
"When Magic Slim unexpectedly took sick and couldn't make the show, I did not hesitate to have The Teardrops carry on without him because Slim knows how to pick a band! They were opening for Johnny Winter and Johnny still wanted them, I still wanted them and the crowd loved them. A powerhouse Chicago blues band with Slim's son, Shawn at the helm. And the Blues carry on..."
- JAMES JONES, ZAPP! PRODUCTIONS
"...the best and the brightest blues stars got together in Chicago in a memorial tribute concert to Magic Slim. The show started out with Shawn Holt and The Teardrops, a band composed of...Slim's sidemen and fronted by his son Shawn. It is obvious that some significant guitar and vocal genes have been passed on to Shawn. Look to see much more of this young talent in the future."
- BOB KIESER, EDITOR AND PUBLISHER
BLUES BLAST MAGAZINE


"One of the most prodigious lineups of local blues stars in recent memory gathered March 28, [2013] to pay tribute to their departed friend Magic Slim. "A Night For Magic" commenced in true torch-passing fashion with Slim's guitar-wielding son, Shawn Holt, leading a second-generation lineup of The Teardrops that proved conclusively he has what it takes to manintain the family legacy. Clearly, Shawn picked up plenty from his treetop-tall father; the rolling shuffle "It's Alright" and an easy-surging treatment of Sonny Boy Williamson's "Help Me" were loaded with biting guitar from the Les Paul-wielding Holt, also an effective vocalist over drummer B.J. Jone's pounding backbeat."
- BILL DAHL - CHICAGO BLUES GUIDE
"Lil Slim plays with just a thumb pick (similar to his dad's style of playing), plucking out most of his notes with his thumb and occasionally using his other fingers, but no flat pick, so he is able to get that tone that you just can't get any other way. This was blues played with a rich sound, easy on the ear. One journalist has called him the "fastest thumb in the West."
- MN - BLUES.COM