Tuesday, February 26, 2008

One More Chance With You

Just in: Little Walter inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. And all he gets is one graf:

Hard-drinking blues player Little Walter died at age 37 in 1968, but not before putting his indelible stamp on the art of mouth-harp playing, including being one of the first blues harmonica players to run his harp microphone through an amplifier, pioneering the use of electronic distortion in popular music.

Friday, February 22, 2008

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Blowdown I: "Really Sucks"

As you all recall, I'm sure, we held the first ever Blowdown at the Encore Dinner Theater (now the Tajine Alami restaurant) in Manitou Springs. Packed house. I was amazed at the turnout for a bunch of harp players. I remember sweating bullets when the PA crashed after the first couple of tunes. I think we had everything, including the stage lights, plugged into one electrical outlet. Once we reconfigured plugs and killed the stage lights, smooth sailing. K. did a nice writeup in the Indy. Best line: "It must really suck to be a harp player."

I'll have to dig up some recordings I made that night and post them.

Saturday, February 9, 2008

What Do You Say...

...at the end of a long harmonica solo.

Thank God.

More here.

Friday, February 8, 2008

Remembrances of Blowdowns Past

Blowdown II was held on a snowy night, as I recall. Not too many in attendance. Nevertheless, the blowing was awesome.

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Monday, February 4, 2008

Contract Has Been Inked

Mark your calendars. The somewhat annual Pikes Peak Blues Harp Blowdown for 2008 is on:
  • When: Thursday, June 5
  • Time: Doors open ~6:30 pm, Show @ 7pm
  • Where: Venue 515, Manitou Springs
This year's line-up includes Steve "Homeboy" Williams, Magic Dave Therault, Al Chesis, and Ronnie Shellist.

Stay tuned for details.