MARK HUMMEL, LEE OSKAR, JAMES HARMAN HARMONICA BLOWOUT
NOTE: Due to illness West Coast Blue legend, James Harman, will be taking the place of Johnny Dyer for this show.
Since 1991, Mark Hummel has been both producing & performing at his annual Blues Harmonica Blowout series. These shows have grown to be a much heralded event & continue to draw sellout crowds wherever they appear. The list of participants is a who's who of Blues harp history, James Cotton, Charlie Musselwhite, Norton Buffalo, Kim Wilson, Huey Lewis, Carey Bell, Billy Boy Arnold, Rod Piazza, Rick Estrin, Paul deLay, Snooky Pryor, James Harman, Gary Primich, Sam Myers, Magic Dick in just the last three years of this 11 year event.
Tonight's event will feature not only Mark, but also harp legends Johnny Dyer and Lee Oskar. Each harp master will blow on their own and then together, in a one-upsmanship festival. Hence, the Blowout!
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.
Johnny Dyer is one of those guys who is so steady and has been doing what he does for so long that he's sometimes overlooked. But don't take Johnny for granted - he's one of the truly great harp players of his generation, which is to say, the generation that came out of heyday of the blues harp. Born in Mississippi in 1938, and having spent some of his formative years on Stovall's Plantation in Muddy Water's hometown Rolling Fork, Johnny has the subtlety of phrasing and gently swinging chops that are at the core of all the great blues harp players. These elemental qualities were ingrained so early that they're completely automatic and natural in Johnny's playing, but often take later generations of harp players a lifetime of study to get a handle on - if they can grasp them at all. Add to that a voice as rich as Mississippi mud, and you've got a bluesman who is about as heavy as they come these days. Over the last decade he's released a series of well-received CDs on labels such as Black Top and Blind Pig, and his latest release on Storyville has garnered him a prestigious W.C. Handy Award nomination for "Blues Song Of The Year" for the title cut, "Hard Times Won". With the Mannish Boys (Who've rocked here at the Triple Door before!), he revisits the music of one his earliest and greatest inspirations, Chicago blues harp icon Little Walter. And when you think blues harmonica, you think Little Walter!
Lee Oskar was a charter member of War in the late '60s, when the West Coast group first backed Eric Burdon and later went out on their own. Hits like "Lowrider", "World Is A Ghetto", "Spill The Wine", "Me And Baby Brother", and "Slippin Into Darkness" were huge records that got national airplay coast to coast and stayed high up in the charts for months. His extended wailing solos became a vital part of War's funk/rock/Latin sound in the '70s and '80s. Oskar's unique approach to harmonica has earned him the distinction of being voted 1976's Instrumentalist Of The Year in three major music publications, Billboard, Cashbox and Record World. He made two fusion albums as a leader in the '80s and though he remained a part of War, Oskar made his solo debut in 1976 and recorded several albums of solid pop-jazz, R&B, and fusion, among them 1978's fine Before the Rain and 1980's My Road, Our Road. Lee went on to start the Lee Oskar Harmonica company in 1983, which is second only to Hohner Harmonicas in popularity and sales.
The show starts at 9 PM and cover is $15 at the door.
For more artist information, visit www.markhummel.com and www.leeoskar.com and www.themannishboys.com/biojohnny.html