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Harpman, historian and author Kim Field along with the Colonel and his Doubleshot rhythm section host the seventh installment of Harp Attack, the annual Rockfish bluesharp blowout.

Special guests for this year's Harp Attack are: From Portland, regular sideman for guitarists Terry Robb and Kelly Joe Phelps, Dave Mathis, from Chicago, blues traditionalist and the hottest name in custom harmonica manufacturers, Joe Filisko, from Austin, harmonica player, singer, guitarist and regular Pancho Sanchez sideman, Dale Spalding from Seattle, harpman, singer, songwriter, and teacher, Grant Dermody, and Hohner World Champion, Jim McLaughlin.

Internationally celebrated harmonica player, guitarist and singer Kim Field began his musical career in New York, where he worked with the Sting Rays, a group managed by Grammy winner Phil Schaap. Returning to his hometown of Seattle, he teamed up with Isaac Scott, appearing on two albums with the legendary guitarist. Field spent several years fronting the Slamhound Hunters, whose performances and two albums for Satin Records, 4/1 Mind and Private Jungle, were strongly received in both Europe and the United States.

Over the years Field has appeared on bills with such rhythm and blues legends as Muddy Waters, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Robert Cray, the Fabulous Thunderbirds, Gregg Allman, James Cotton, Otis Rush, John Lee Hooker, Albert Collins, the Righteous Brothers, Walter Horton, and Big Mama Thornton. He has appeared at the San Francisco Blues Festival, performed on New Year’s Eve in New York City’s Central Park, and was a featured performer at Bumbershoot seven years running.
Field’s songwriting has been highlighted in the soundtracks of two feature films, The Killoff and The Lawless Land.

In addition to his work as a musician, Field has also written extensively on music. He is the author of Harmonicas, Harps, and Heavy Breathers, a history of the harmonica's role in American music published by Cooper Square Press. Field has also written for several publications, including The Village Voice, the Seattle Weekly, Blues Review magazine, and the Journal of Country Music. He has also contributed to the Encyclopedia of Country Music.

Harmonica player, singer, and guitarist Dale Spalding learned the blues from the masters, when fresh out of high school he studied with the legendary Sonny Terry, who soon introduced him to the musicians that shaped the sound of modern blues--Lightnin' Hopkins, Brownie McGhee, Big Walter Horton and Willie Dixon. Dale plays a funky mix, and has shared the stage with such blues & R&B legends as Otis Rush, Doug MacLeod, and Bela Fleck & the Flecktones, famed jazz pianist Duke Burrell (Louis Jordan Band), and Hawaiian superstar guitarist Willie K, among the many. In 2000, the great Latin jazz band leader & percussionist Poncho Sanchez invited Dale to blend his funky gumbo with Pancho's Latin rhythms, pioneering a new sound.

It's not likely you will find many aspects regarding the current state of the diatonic harmonica that have not been influenced in some way by Joe Filisko.

Filisko has taught, performed and judged competitions on three continents for numerous festivals and workshops including: The World Harmonica Festival, David Barrett's Harmonica Masterclass, the Harmonica Masters Workshop, the Buckeye Harmonica Festival, the SPAH Harmonica Festival, Trossinger Blues-Fabrik (Germany), Schorndorfer Gitarrentage, Asia Pacific Harmonica Festival, Augusta Heritage Festival "Blues Week", Centrum's Port Townsend Country Blues Workshop, Jon Gindick's Harmonica Jam Camp, the Chicago Blues Fest, Fitzgerald's "American Music Festival," the Bean Blossom Blues Fest, and Mark Hummel's Blues Harmonica Blowout.

His craftsmanship, musicianship and knowledge of the instrument and all aspects of its history are being acknowledged and praised by the likes of Howard Levy, Kim Wilson, Charlie Musselwhite, Gary Primich, Mickey Raphael, John Hammond, David Barrett, Madcat Ruth, Steve Baker, Mike Stevens, Mark Graham, The National Music Museum, the Harmonikamuseum Trossingen, The Starr-Gennett Records Foundation, The Paramount Blues Festival, The Country Music Hall of Fame, and most especially, the M. Hohner Company.

Grant Dermody is a harmonica player, singer, songwriter, and teacher from Seattle, Washington. Grant’s primary focus is acoustic blues. Currently playing in a trio with Orville Johnson and John Miller, Grant has also performed with blues legends Honeyboy Edwards, Robert Lowery, Big Joe Duskin, John Dee Holeman, and Cephas & Wiggins. Grant also tours periodically with New Jersey guitar maestro Frank Fotusky.

Grant has been a teacher of the harmonica for many years in both private and group settings all over the country to students of all ages. He has taught at Blues Week at The Augusta Heritage Center in Elkins West Virginia, The Country Blues Workshop in Port Townsend, Washington, and the Telluride Acoustic Blues Camp in Telluride, Colorado. He was recently hired to teach at Blues Week through Euro Blues Productions Limited at The University of Northhampton in the United Kingdom. Grant has taught hundreds of kids in several elementary schools in the Seattle area how to play the harmonica.

These amazing musicians are all assembling to salute friend and fellow musician, Jim McLaughlin, a 2 time Hohner World Harmonica Champion.

Jim has toured North America, Australia, Japan and Europe, performing a wide variety of musical styles. As a studio musician, McLaughlin can be heard on numerous recordings. He has performed with such notables as The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, WAR, Vassar Clements, Townes Van Zandt and Charlie Musselwhite to name a few.

This show is gonna blow the roof off the place! Things get started at 9PM. $8 cover at the door.

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