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Born in Paris, France in 1960, Franck Goldwasser studied fine arts before  moving to California in 1983.  A self-taught blues guitarist and vocalist, it was in Oakland that Goldwasser honed his craft alongside masters of the genre, including Lowell Fulson, Percy Mayfield and Jimmy McCracklin.  Goldwasser released his first 45 rpm in 1985 followed in 1989 by an album, "Blues For Esther", released  on the Blue Sting lable and  nominated for a W.C. Handy award in 1990.

With write-ups in the East Bay Express and the San Francisco Chronicle and appearances at local venues and blues festivals, Goldwasser, known as Paris Slim to Bay Area blues fans (a moniker Troyce Key gave him), is recognized as a vital contributor to the local blues scene.  In September 1989 he joins Nick Gravenites and the Electric Flag for an historical reunion, with performances in San Francisco and Los Angeles.  Through the 90's Paris Slim released several albums ("Bleedin' Heart", "Be Careful What You Wish For") and appeared at festivals in the U.S. and in Europe, under his name and as a sideman for  Phillip Walker, Sunnyland Slim, James Harman, Jerry McCain, A.C. Reed and Big Jack Johnson.  His association with the Fedora record label in the late 90's, with releases by Hosea Leavey, Harmonica Slim, Fillmore Slim, Iceman Robinson, Jessie Thomas, Jimmy Dawkins and Byther Smith, and the release  of his album "Bluju" on Crosscut Records help solidify his status as a  household name on the international blues scene.  While in Los Angeles, Goldwasser helps form the Mannish Boys while appearing at local venues with the likes of Kim Wilson, Mitch Kashmar, Roy Gaines and Arthur Adams. 

Having moved to  Portland, Oregon in 2005, Franck free-lances with D.K. Stewart and the Paul Delay Band, and appears on double bills with Lloyd Jones.  He becomes a regular on the prestigious Waterfront Blues Festival and and forms The Sultans of Slide and The Bone Pickers, and the Bone Pickers, a review-style T-Bone Walker tribute band that includes Portland Vyasa Dodson, Chris Carlson and Jim Wallace.  The Sultans of Slide release one CD, "Lightnin' Strikes" and tour Europe in 2012. The Bone Pickers appear at prominent venues in Portland (Duff's Garage, Jimmy Mac's) as well as the Waterfront festival. Goldwasser later joins the Curtis Salgado band and appears on the Alligator release "Soul Shot", which received a Blues Music Award, while the Mannish Boys are voted "best traditional blues band of the year" the same year (2012) . 

Returning to southern California in 2013, Goldwasser takes one year off from playing music.  Eventually resuming his performing and recording activities he teams up with Ventura favorites Hot Roux, as well as R.J. Mischo. 2014 finds him touring Europe on his own, and again in 2016 as co-frontman of a trio that also features the Red Devils' Big Pete.

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