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BLUES HARMONICA BLOWOUT SERIES

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This series was started in 1991 and has grown to become an international event, having played festivals and theatres like Nottonden Blues Fest (Norway), San Francisco Blues Fest., Chicago Blues Fest., State Theatre(Modesto,Ca.), Tower Theatre(Fresno,CA.), NY R & B Fest., King Biscuit Blues Fest., ElDorado Blues and Brews(RENO,NV.), Edmonton Blues Fest., Yoshi's NiteClub, Sierra Nevada Brewery Showroom, Monterey Jazz Fest., North Atlantic Blues Fest., and many other venues that have been sell-out shows.

A list of performers that have played would take many pages but the short list is: James Cotton, Snooky Pryor, Charlie Musselwhite, Kim Wilson, Huey Lewis, Rod Piazza, William Clarke, Rick Estrin, Paul Delay, Billy Branch, Lazy Lester, Carey Bell, Little Sonny, Paul Osher, Cephas and Wiggins, Gary Primich, Paul Rischell and Annie Raines, Carlos Del Junco, Norton Buffalo, Sam Myers and many more. All the acts excepting acoustic duos are backed by the Blues Survivors. This is a sampling of some of the packages available to either tour through or fly in to your event. See if the package is already booked on the road by checking the Blowouts listed on the calendar on the site.

SUPERSTARS OF THE BLUES HARP

Magic Dick - is the original harp man from the J. Geils Band, whose many hits flooded the airwaves during the 1970s and 1980s. Chart-toppers like "FreezeFrame", "Centerfold", "First I Look At The Purse", "Must a Got Lost", "Give It To Me" and Magic Dick's own "Wammer Jammer" were in the Top Ten off and on for 20 years and made them one of the few top bands(other then WAR) that featured a harmonica prominently in the frontline. Dick went on to start "Bluestime" with J. Geils after the original band broke up, making two CDs for Rounder Records.

Jerry Portnoy - hails from the Blues heavy Windy City of Chicago. Jerry started his career with Muddy Waters,whom he worked with for 12 years. After the band left Muddy, over a managerial dispute, Jerry started the Legendary Blues Band,with Pinetop Perkins, Willie "Big Eyes" Smith. Louis Myers and Calvin Jones. It was only after leaving Ronnie Earl and the Broadcastasters, Portnoy got the call of a lifetime, when Eric Clapton asked him top join his band. Portnoy played harp for four years with Clapton all over the world and recorded on the "Live At Albert Hall","From The Cradle" and "Me and Mr. Johnson" discs. Portnoy's Harmonica Masterclass series has proved to be a huge selling instructional disc. www.harpmaster.com
 
Superstars of the Blues Harp
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Lee Oskar - was born in Copenhagen, Denmark,moved to the States in the late sixties,and along with Eric Burdon,went on to become a founding member of the soul-funk-rock group WAR. 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. 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. Lee went on to start the Lee Oskar Harmonica company in 1983,which is second only to Hohner Harmonicas in popularity and sales. www.leeoskar.com

LEGENDS OF THE BLUES HARP
Superstars of the Blues Harp
James Harman - was born and raised in Anniston,Al.,where he quickly pick up on the black blues and soul music being played on juke boxes and the radio in the Deep South. In Harman's teens, he started playing juke joints and dance clubs throughout the South in the early 1960's,recording many 45s for obscure labels. In 1968 Harman made the move to Southern California, where he eventually became freinds with Canned Heat, The Blasters, Hollywood Fats(who played in Harman's band for quite a spell),and many other famous musicians. Harman's music can be heard on labels like Enigma, Rhino , Black Top, and Cannonball. Harman is a one of a kind showman, vocalist, harp player and comic genius. www.jamesharman.com
 
Billy Boy Arnold - a contemporary of James Cotton and Jr. Wells. who started with Ellis McDaniels in Chicago in 1955,where they created the "Bo Diddley" sound at Chess Records. Billy Boy learned harp at the feet of the legendary John Lee"Sonny Boy" Williamson when Billy was just 12 yrs. old. Billy went on to record singles for VeeJay like "Wish You Would", "Ain't Got You" and "You Got Me Wrong" with an allstar band made up of Jody Williams, Otis Spann and Syl Johnson. Arnold has just released his Electro Fi Records debut CONSOLIDATED MOJO, which was produced by Hummel with backing by the Blues Survivors. www.electrofi.com

Johnny Dyer - was born in Rolling Fork,Ms.,the birthplace of Muddy Waters. Since that time , Dyer has aspired to recreated the Muddy sound in his voice and the Little Walter sound in his harmonica playing. Moving to Los Angeles,Ca. in the late 1950s Dyer became fast friends with George "Harmonica" Smith, "Shakey "Jake Harris ,"Big Mama" Thornton and "Pee Wee" Crayton. Dyer has recorded for Blind Pig, Black Top, Delta Groove(with the Mannish Boys) and most recently ROLLING FORK REVISTED(also produced by Hummel and backed by he and the band) on Mountain Top Records, which hit #3 on the Living Blues Charts. www.westcoastblues.com
THE JAN. 2007 WEST COAST HARP BLOWOUT TOUR IS TENTATIVELY SET FOR 1/3-13 W/ ROD PIAZZA, BILLY BOY ARNOLD, RICK ESTRIN, MARK HUMMEL & THE BLUES SURVIVORS, PLUS KIM WILSON!
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