MARK HUMMEL and the BLUES SURVIVORS featuring RUSTY ZINN
Mark Hummel is a road warrior - a true Blues Survivor. Along the way, he has crafted his own trademark harmonica sound - a subtle combination of tone, phrasing and attack combined with a strong sense of swing. His albums, constant touring and appearances at the major blues festivals have firmly established his solid reputation around the US and Europe.
Born in New Haven, Connecticut, Mark absorbed the music of such Chicago based harp blowers as Little Walter, James Cotton, and Sonny Boy Williamson, before settling in Berkeley, California in 1972. There he played with local bluesmen such as Cool Papa, Boogie Jake, Mississippi Johnny Waters and Sonny Lane. In 1980, he took the helm to lead the popular Blues Survivors Band.
In 1985, the Blues Survivors released Playing in Your Town, on Rockinitus Records, and immediately went out on the road. Earning their name, they toured virtually non-stop throughout the United States, Canada and Europe.
In 1988 Mark teamed with Canadian guitarist and vocalist Sue Foley to relase Up & Jumpin'. He followed that with Blues Survivors recordings, Hard Lovin' in 1990, Feel Like Rockin' in 1994 and Married to the Blues in 1995. For Heart of Chicago, Mark's sixth release and first on Tone-Cool, he traveled to the Windy City to record with some of the city's most legendary players like former Muddy Waters sidemen Willie "Big Eyes" Smith and Bob Stroger, guitarist Dave Myers from Little Walter's band, and others. In 1998 Mark released Lowdown To Uptown, a mix of Chicago blues & uptown jazz. This cd featues great guests such as Jr. Watson, Mike Welch, Brenda Boykin & the last piano recording of the late, great Charles Brown. Mark's most current CD is called "Ain't Easy No More" on the Electro Fi label featuring a mixture of Hummel's originals and choice arrangements of previously recorded blues.
Mark has performed at numerous festivals across the country, including the San Francisco Blues Festival, Chicago Blues Festival, King Biscuit Blues Festival, Waterfront Blues Festival, Monterey Jazz Festival, and has performed and judged at the Hohner Harmonica World Championship, held annualy in Germany.