Conversations with the Blues: Singing/Blues Harp (Chicago Blues Summit) with Mark Hummel, John Primer, Billy Boy Arnold, Billy Flynn, Deitra Farr, Oscar Wilson, RJ Mischo

Conversations with the Blues: Singing/Blues Harp (Chicago Blues Summit)

Conversations with the Blues will focus on blues singers collaborating with instrumental harmonica playing, focusing on the ins & outs of melding the two together in a cohesive fit. There will be a question and answer period in middle of workshop as well.

With Grammy nominated ex-Muddy Waters/Magic Slim vocalist-guitarist John Primer from Chicago, Bo Diddley's sidekick, harp legend Billy Boy Arnold (who studied with Sonny Boy Williamson), Grammy winning Kim Wilson/Otis Rush/Legendary Blues Band guitarist-harpman Billy Flynn, Chicago Blues singers Deitra Farr & Oscar Wilson (Cashbox Kings), Minneapolis harp man RJ Mischo & Grammy nominated two time Blues Award winning harp man/vocalist/bandleader Mark Hummel, the focus will be on what makes great blues among musicians of the highest order. This promises to be a once in a lifetime opportunity for the blues connoisseur who wants to hear history being made.

Mark Hummel

Harmonica player, vocalist and songwriter born in New Haven, CT.
Mark Hummel started playing harmonica in 1970. During his career he was Grammy nominated for his "Remembering Little Walter" CD, also won Best Blues CD and Blues Traditional Blues CD at Blues Music Awards in Memphis. He was nominated for best Independent Book release for his 'Big Road Blues" book.

John Primer

John Primer is a guitar player/singer from Mississippi who moved to Chicago in 1957. Primer learned guitar from Sammy Lawhorn, plus soon got Sam's old spot in Muddy Water's last group. John can be seen in the Stones DVD sitting in with Muddy at the Checkerboard Lounge in Chicago. John later became Magic Slim's bandleader of the Teardrops for many years before starting his own group. John's discography is a long one-James Cotton, Muddy, Slim, Johnny Winter, Buddy Guy, two Grammy Nominations & two Blues Awards.

Billy Boy Arnold

Billy Boy Arnold is a Chicago native who learned harmonica at the feet of John Lee" Sonny Boy" Williamson. Billy's first band was with Ellis McDaniel as he became Bo Diddley( Arnold gave him the moniker). Billy played harp on Bo's first Chess record" I'm a Man". Arnold signed with Vee Jay Records soon after to produce hits that groups in the UK picked up on, like The Yardbirds, David Bowie, Stones & later bands like Fabulous Thunderbirds & Blasters. Billy is in the Blues Hall of Fame & a two time Grammy Nominee.

Billy Flynn

Guitarist Billy Flynn recorded on Beyonce's Grammy winning version of "At Last" from the film Cadillac Records. Flynn played on the entire soundtrack. Billy's newest is on Delmark Records, & receiving rave reviews. Deitra Farr sings on the title track with Billy. Flynn has recorded with Legendary Blues Band,Cash Box Kings, Otis Rush, Jimmy Dawkins, Kim Wilson, Mark Hummel plus dozens of Delmark recording sessions.

Deitra Farr

Deitra Farr is one of the most popular blues women out of the Windy City and a major attraction in Europe. Coming up thru guidance from Erwin Helfer, Steve Freund, Sunnyland Slim, Mississippi Heat, Deitra just won the prestigious Koko Taylor Jus Blues Award, plus a spot in the Chicago Hall Of Fame. Deitra is a showstopper.

Oscar Wilson

Cash Box King's Oscar Wilson hails from the South Side of Chicago, where he came up around the real blues. Oscar's vocals are in the vein of Muddy, Jimmy Rogers, Lightnin Hopkins & John Lee Hooker-deep blues. Wilson has recorded the Kings three CDs on Blind Pig & now, Alligator Records.



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