Post Tagged with: "harmonica"

Harmonica Hinds – If Speed Was Just a Thought (2012)

Mervyn “Harmonica” Hinds, a regular on the Chicago blues scene of decades, was once one of the best sidemen that nobody knew. That’s changed more recently, as Hinds has begun issuing albums under his own name in regular intervals.

Jerry "Boogie" McCain (1930-2012): An Appreciation

Jerry “Boogie” McCain, the Alabama-born blues harmonica player, has died at age 81. He was best known for a double-sided 1960 hit, “She’s Tough”/”Steady” — the A-side of which was later redone by the Fabulous Thunderbirds.

Toots Thielemans – Yesterday and Today (2012)

On April 22, Jean-Baptiste Frederic Isidor “Toots” Thielemans turns 90 years old. Four weeks before that comes a look back on one of the richest and yet disregarded career in jazz music, Yesterday & Today.

Willie "Big Eyes" Smith (1936-2011): An Appreciation

Willie “Big Eyes” Smith, a former sideman with Muddy Waters who became a Grammy-winning performer in his own right, has died.

Charlie Musselwhite – In My Time (1993)

Charlie Musselwhite, who once played with Muddy Waters, has just gotten better in his absence. A fine example is this Grammy-nominated release, which includes a deft cover of Sleepy John Estes’ fine “Brownsville Blues.” It’s a career highpoint, and (funny thing) Musselwhite hasn’t even put harmonica to mouth yet at that point. (The opener, “Stingaree,” actually features on Musselwhite onRead More

Buddy Guy and Junior Wells – Play the Blues (1972)

Started as another in rock star Eric Clapton’s celebrated CPR efforts for the careers of the blues legends he loved most, this one was almost lost to the Atlantic vaults. In the end, four different producers worked this thing at two different studios. Sessions were held in 1970, then again in 1972. Four different lineups perform, including one with bothRead More

John 'So Blue' Weston – So Doggone Blue (1993)

NICK DERISO: Harp player Rice Miller — better known as Sonny Boy Williamson II — used to sludge across Weston’s yard on the way to parties and dances, a leather belt festooned with harmonicas strapped across his chest. Robert Johnson’s stepson, Robert Jr. Lockwood, was the first guitar player that Weston ever knew. So, he’s got his Delta lineage straight.Read More

Kim Wilson – Lookin’ For Trouble (2003)

If you recall how the Fabulous Thunderbirds sounded early on, before “Tuff Enuff” and all that, they were a throwback to the vintage blues-rock bands. Not of the sixties, mind you, but of the fifties. Back in the day when rock ‘n’ roll had just spun off of the electric blues but the differences between the two were still barelyRead More