The Workers

Ronnie Mack

Ronnie McMullen Jr played his first gig when he was 15, his mentor Norman Atherton introduced him as "Little Ronnie Mack". " Norman was my dad's childhood friend, he taught me to play guitar, and we all shared a love of the blues." In 2002 Ike Lamb introduced Ronnie to Sweet Brenda. Ronnie played with Brenda's band for a total of 4 years. In 2006 they participated in the International Blues Challenge in Memphis. Ronnie has also been a member of the Scott Keeton Band. Ronnie has shared the stage with many great artists but here are a few: Bo Diddley, Big George Brock, Magic Slim, Jimbo Mathus, and most recently Buddy Guy. Ronnie has been traveling the world as a member of Watermelon Slim & The Workers since 2006.

"I thank God for giving me the gift of music, and all of those who have given me the oppurtunity to play the blues."

Cliff Belcher

On the electric bass, we have Cliff Belcher. Born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas, Cliff started playing bass at 15. In 1974 Cliff went to a Lynyrd Skynyrd concert in and saw The Texas Cannon Ball, Freddie King, "kick the crap out of those young white boys." In 1984 Cliff moved down to Austin and got to see and play with some of the world's best blues players. While in Austin, Cliff was fortunate to be a part of recording projects that included Doyle Bramhall Sr. as producer. Next came more time touring and recording with bands in Austin, Fort Worth, Dallas, and Colorado Springs. In 1988, Cliff moved to Oklahoma City where he has stayed busy recording and touring with the best bands in the area such as Big G, The Snakeshakers, and now Watermelon Slim & The Workers.

Forrest Worrell

On the drums we have Forrest Worrell, born in Ft Wayne, IN., raised in Oklahoma, this true Okie is a seasoned pro drummer. His influences include: Ricky Fataar, John Bonham. Forrest has performed with Miss Blues, Otis Watkins and shared stage with Koko Taylor, Fabulous T Birds, Doctor Hook and more. Forrest will be on tour with Slim and the Workers in 2013.

Past Workers

Michael Newberry

Drummer Michael Newberry. Michael has been a part of the mid-western music scene since his early days as drummer for the legendary Fortune Tellers. After a long stay and four French records for the New Rose label, Michael took over the drummer's chair for Norman's short lived but highly explosive roots-rock band the Ban-Lons. After recording their album for Lunacy Records, Michael joined San Diego's Forbidden Pigs for a few tours before coming home to form The Deviants with Scott Keeton. Michael has played drums a dozen times for Bo Diddley and for Bob Margolin, Carey Bell, Hubert Sumlin and Robert Lockwood Jr.

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Chris Stovall Brown

Drummer Chris Stovall Brown has worn many hats in the music industry-starting drums at the age of six, playing gigs with R&B/Blues giants like Big Mama Thornton & Sil Austin while still in his teens, playing harmonica with Luther Georgia Boy Johnson and George Harmonica Smith in his early twenties as well as playing guitar with Bo Diddley, Howard Tate, James Cotton and many others. He co-produced Watermelon Slim's first disc (that later became split up between BIG SHOES TO FILL and UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL). and has appeared on recordings with Earring George Mayweather, Sax Gordon, Ron Levy, Weepin Willie as well as many others. He has come full circle back to the drums to back up long time compadre Watermelon Slim.

Ike Lamb

Ike Lamb, electric guitar and on occasion, electric bass. Ike is simply one of the most talented and versatile players around. Ike has a long history as a member of the well-known Midwest Band, Scott Keaton & The Deviants. Ike also has played with the popular Pinky and The Snakeshakers, and fronted his own band Ike Lamb & The Law for nine years too. Ike has also shared the stage with national players such as Bo Diddley.

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