Harmonicating The Blues

Featuring Sonny Boy Williamson . Your Funeral And My Trial . Junior Wells . The Hoodoo Man . Hound Dog Taylor . Little Walter . Sonny Terry . Brownie Mcghee . Hootin’ The Blues . Snooky Pryor . How’D You Learn To Shake It Like That? . Big Walter Horton . Shakey’S Blues . Lazy Lester . Lynwood Slim . Charlie Musselwhite . Gone Too Long . Jason Ricci . Harmonica . Solo . Corky Siegel . Hey Billie Jean . Powell St. John . San Fancisco Bay Blues . Kim Wilson . Blues Harmonica Blowout . Mark Wenner & The Nighthawks . Boogie . Ronnie Shellist . Gerry Hundt

Blue Access : It was Kimmet’s first meeting with Butterfield, and he’d heard the album before leaving London. In fact, he didn’t like it and he was forthright with Butterfield regarding the reasons. “He said to me, ‘Why don’t my records sell over in Europe?,’ and I answered quite clearly that nobody was getting a buzz over them. He laughed at my terminology.

Billy Boy Arnold : After joining forces with street musician Ellas McDaniel a.k.a. Bo Diddley they made the move to Chess, where Billy Boy played harp on the March 1955 classic “I’m a Man”. Not content to be a sideman and wanting to express his own musical ideas, Billy Boy walked just down Michigan Avenue, Chicago’s Record Row and signed with the VeeJay label where he recorded the original versions of “I Wish You Would” and “I Ain’t Got You” both were later covered by Eric Clapton and The Yardbirds.

Cyril Davies : Some fellow musicians called Cyril ‘Squirrel’ Davies a musical genius with a purist’s vision. Cyril sang, played banjo, guitar and harmonica and was among a small group of young British musicians in the late 1950’s who simply became possessed by a seemingly mystical musical form – the BLUES; these like minded musicians were affected by its purity, simplicity, and by the depth and honesty of emotion that was accessible through its traditional patterns.

Paul deLay : Band leader Paul deLay ranked among the greatest blues harmonica players, songwriters and vocalists. His work on the chromatic harp is considered by many to be unrivaled, and he was a three-time W.C. Handy Award nominee.

Tribute Site of Lester Butler : In the early 90’s he led The Red Devils, a hot blues band who tore up the L.A. club scene. Their Rick Rubin produced live album called “King King” led to their nationwide endless touring schedule. many famous names used to sit in with him: Mick Jagger, Bruce Willis, Lenny Kravitz, Peter Wolf and ZZ Top guitarist Billy Gibbons.

Roots & Rhythm : Originally from Mississippi Jazz Gillum went to Chicago in the 20s and in the 30s became a member of the coterie of artists assembled by the ubiquitous Lester Melrose. Gillum was a pleasant, warm, if somewhat inexpressive singer and an unexceptional harmonica player with a shrill reedy tone which gets wearing in large doses

Rick Estrin on MySpace : Today, singer/harmonica player/songwriter Rick Estrin ranks among the very best harp players in the blues world. His work on the reeds is at once deep in the tradition of harmonica masters Sonny Boy Williamson II and Little Walter Jacobs while at the same time pushing that tradition forward.

BluesHarp Legends : Walter was the master of the single note and his characteristic walking bass line (usually with a deep tone and selection of notes that is unsurpassed) is instantly recognizable. As an accompanist, he had few equals. His backup harp was always unobtrusive yet bright and fresh — enhancing whatever else is going on.

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