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Accolade from the legendary Rory Block for Prakash (April, 2020)
Prakash Slim's new album "8000 Miles To The Crossroads" produced by Grammy winning producer engineer Michael Freeman will be released soon....
Ram Prakash Pokharel aka Prakash Slim was born mired deep in the blues. Born in a small village in Nepal, his father died at the age of twenty nine, leaving his mother with three children to raise on her own. Slim started hearing old blues records when he was a child, and he first played music by drumming on a set of gallon water jugs, and he would sing to the beat all damn day. Sometimes he almost drove his mother crazy. Due to his difficult childhood growing up in dire poverty, Slim is died in the wool bluesman. He’s been playing and teaching blues for a long time. For over twelve years he played lead, rhythm, bass as well as vocalist for various bands through out Nepal. After completing serious blues research with the Mt. Zion Memorial Fund in Mississippi and going through blues mentorship training with blues, jazz pioneer T. J Wheeler, he totally shifted to country blues style. He is a member of the International Singer and Songwriters Association, Georgia, USA.
Prakash is honored with "Ambassador of the Blues" award from The Golden Gate Blues Society, Berkeley, CA.
Prakash has been nominated for the "World Artist Of The Year" for Josie Music Awards, USA 2023.
Prakash Slim is honored with "International Ambassador of The Blues" from Sacramento Blues Society, California.
Prakash Slim is honored with "Blues Ambassador and Keeper of the Music Tradition" from Granite State Blues Society, New Hampshire, USA.
He is the first Nepali Artist to feature with international merchandise. He has been featuring with an American Blues merchandise - Wang Dang Doodle Tees, Illinois, USA.
Prakash actively participated on 8th annual International Conference on the Blues hosted by Delta State University, Mississippi, USA.
A legendary blues artist Rory Block watched his interview on Blues Radio International and congratulated Prakash for his wonderful slide playing and International feel.
Prakash just finished his East Coast tour. He played duo with his blues mentor Blues Jazz Pioneer Mr.TJ Wheeler at multiple venues in New Hampshire and Boston. Prakash performed solo sets at the great places of New Hampshire such as Edgewood Center for Rehab and Health Care (Portsmouth, New Hampshire), Action Senior Center (Alton, New Hampshire) Keen Public Library (Keene, New Hampshire).
Prakash served as the opening act for Johnny Burgin at multiple venues in the US. Mr. Johnny Burgin is a 2023 Blues Music Award Nominee for Best Traditional Blues Artist and a Delmark recording artist. Mr. Burgin is constantly touring and has performed some 250 shows across the United States, Europe and Asia.
Prakash was on Greaseland Studio live with extraordinary Christoffer Andersen aka Kid Andersen and Prakash also opened for the legendary Rick Estrin and the Nightcats band at Moe's Ally, in May in California. Kid is a lead guitarist in Rick Estrin and the NIghtscats band, Greaseland Recording studio owner which received "Keeping The Blues Alive Award" from The Blues Foundation. Christoffer Lund Andersen has produced numerous recordings that have won and been nominated for Grammy Awards, as well as a number of awards specific to the “Blues Music Industry”.
He has interviewed/featured by prestigious blues publications & websites and other medias such as Blues Matters Magazine (UK), American Blues Scene magazine (USA), Blues In Britain magazine (UK), BluesNews magazine (Germany), No Border Blues podcast (Sponsored by Chicago Blues Network) USA, Blues Letter magazine (Washington Blues Society USA), Twoj Blues magazine (Poland), Blues.Gr (Greece), Blues & Co magazine (France), Jazz Blues News (France/Armenia), Lazie Indie magazine (India/France), Down At The Crossroads (Ireland), Crossroads - Never Established (France), Blue Monday magazine (USA), Blues In The South (UK),
KZSU 90.1 FM (Stanford University, CA, USA), KMRE 88.3 FM (Bellingham, WA, USA), Blues Radio International (USA), Global Blues Radio (USA), Radio Memphis (USA), WEVL FM 89.9 Memphis (USA), Nashville Blues & Roots Alliance, The WAYO 104.3 FM, (NY, USA), Hard Rock Hell Radio UK, WUSB 90.1 FM (NY,USA), The cat 107.9 FM (UK), The Sterling City Radio (Scotland) and some others.
Prakash's debut album "Country Blues From Nepal" is out on "DeVille Rec ords", Europe.
Prakash's debut album has got wonderful reviews from some blues publications ; Blues Blast magazine (USA), Living Blues magazine (USA), Blues Matters magazine (UK), Blues in Britain magazine (UK), American Blues Scene magazine (USA), Twoj Blues magazine (Poland), Blues News magazine (Finland), Down At The Crossroads (Ireland), Blues In The South (UK), La Hora Del Blues (Spain), Buscaredo magazine (Italy), Philly Cheeze's Rock & Blues Reviews (USA), Blues/Blues (UK), BLUES ROADHOUSE (USA), Zicazic (France), Macalle Blues (Italy).
Prakash Nominated for 2022 CFAB Male Artist Of The Year, The Grey Eagle Radio Show, Mark Skin Radio, USA.
His album reached at #12 in the Top 40 Blues + Albums of the year 2022, Blues Blues UK.
His single " Corona Blues" reached #35 in the Top 40 Blues Singles of the year 2022, Blues Blues UK
His album reached #19 on International Blues Airplay Chart- Australian Blues and Roots Airplay Chart, Australia, February, 2022.
His album reached #21 on UK Independent Blues Broadcasters Association top 40 most played blues album chart of February, 2022.
A major Paraguayan national daily news paper referred to him as a “Nepali Robert Johnson” and published his interview. American Blues Scene magazine mentioned Prakash as a living history of the blues and premiered his single “Blues Raga”. He was selected as first featured Blues Artist of the series, "Where In The World: A Blues Ambassador's Travels" for the month of February 2020, Central Iwoa Blues Society, USA. He has also interviewed/featured on different radio stations, in magazines in America, UK, Europe, South America and in some other countries. Now his music is being heard in all around the world.
He has been performing at some major international blues festivals, venues ; Juke Joint Festival, Clarksdale , Mississippi 2023, Historic Riverside Hotel, Clarksdale, CAN'T STOP THE BLUES (USA), Crossroads Confined Countdown Festival (France), Festival International De Blues De Asuncion (Paraguay), Festival International De Blues De Lima (Peru), Festival International Queretablues (Mexico), 6th La Ruta Del Blues Festival Mexico, 7th Festival Blues En El Rio (Argentina), 1st International Obregon Sonora Blues Festival (Mexico), 5th Posadas Blues Festival (Argentina).
Prakash Slim has been doing photo shoot with Britain's Blues Hall of Fame photo journalist Adam Kennedy for Adam's "Virtual Photography Project".
To see more of Prakash Slim performances go to his YouTube page.
Prakash has been performing at some of the major international blues festivals, venues ;
Prakash slim at Historic Shell Gas Station, Downtown Issaquah, WA, sponsored by Washington Blues Society.
Prakash Slim with TJ wheeler at Harvey Mitchell Memorial Library, Epping, NH, USA, June 24, 2023.
Prakash Slim Live on KZSU 90.1 FM Stanford University, California, 31/05/2023
Greaseland Studio Live, San Jose, CA May 30, 2023.
Moe's Alley - Santa Cruz, CA May 28, 2023.
Prakash Slim featuring Rockin' Johnny Burgin at B-Side, Memphis, April 19, 2023
At the legendary Juke Joint Festival, Clarksdale, 1PM , April 16, 2023
At The Historic Riverside Hotel in Clarksdale, Mississippi, April 16, 2023
Papa Turney's BBQ, Nashville, April 14, 2023
Prakash's performance at Best Of The Blues Award Show of Washington Blues Society, April 23, 2023.
Performances on Virtual Platforms during pandemic
CAN'T STOP THE BLUES, USA Dec. 14, 2020.
FESTIVAL BlUES EN EL RIO, Argentina, Dec. 4, 2020.
Crossroads Confined Countdown Festival, France, June 2020.
Obregón Sonora Blues Fest 2021, Mexico (starts at 3 hour 43 minute)
Festival International Queretablues, Mexico, Dec. 18, 2021
LA RUTA DEL BLUES VI EDITION, Mexico ) Oct. 23, 2021
Festival Internacional De BLUES de Asunción, May 24, 2020.
1POSADAS BLUES FESTIVAL, November 7, 2020, Argentina.
Festival Internacional de Blues de Lima, Peru, June 22, 2020.
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