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CALLING ALL HARMONICA PLAYERS

As someone who has a keen interest in harmonica playing, I have now started a harmonica hub. Please note this a work in progress and will be updated regulary. More details can be found at: http://harmonicanews.wixsite.com/harpon 

Rick Estrin & The Nightcats (USA)
http://rickestrin.com/
Groovin’ At Graceland (2017)Alligator Records)

Another fine release from Rick and the boys. This is Rick Estrin & The Nightcats' fourth Alligator album, Groovin' In Greaseland, features 13 original songs, 11 by Estrin (including one co-written with Andersen), and one each by Andersen and Farrell.

Produced by Kid Andersen and Rick Estrin

More info about the album can be found here, or at the airplay direct page: https://www.alligator.com/albums/Groovin-In-Greaseland/

You can hear the whole album here: http://www.airplaydirect.com/music/RENC4977/

The Norman Jackson Band (USA)
http://www.thenormanjacksonband.com/
It’s The Drummers Fault (2017)

Norman was a new name to me until this CD arrived. I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. Best described as Soul/Blues. This is heavy on the sax, but not too much.

As Norman and the boys say. Get Your Happy On!”

You can hear soundbites, and purchase the album here, or from his website. https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/thenormanjacksonband

Ari Eisinger (USA)
http://www.secondmind.com/
That Will Never Happen No More (2005)(Second Mind Records)

Ari Eisinger who hails from Philadelphia, is a guitarist and singer who plays blues from the 1920s and 1930s. although this was released back in 2005, this only Ari’s second release. If you love acoustic blues, this album is well worth checking out.

The track listing is:

1. One Dime Blues (Blind Lemon Jefferson)
2. Frankie (Mississippi John Hurt)
3. Piney Woods Money Mama (Blind Lemon Jefferson)
4. Hard Pushing Papa (Blind Blake)
5. Chump Man Blues (Blind Blake)
6. Oozin' You Off My Mind (Blind Boy Fuller)
7. When The Levee Breaks (Memphis Minnie & Kansas Joe McCoy)
8. To Do This It Would Help To Know How (Eisinger, inspired by Lonnie Johnson)
9. Church Bells (Kid Prince Moore)
10. Rope Stretchin' Blues - Part I (Blind Blake)
11. That Will Never Happen No More (Blind Blake)
12. Match Box Blues (Blind Lemon Jefferson)
13. Guitar Crimes (Eisinger, inspired by Blind Blake)
14. Jesus Gonna Make Up My Dying Bed (Josh White).

Here’s a video of Ari playing match Box Blues, which can be found on the album: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pxmvMeM3GNs

Apart from the albums, Ari has released several instructional DVD’s on acoustic blues. He is also available for guitar lessons.

Ari will be doing a rare UK tour starting September 30th. Check his website for dates etc.

Steve Tracy & The Crawling Kingsnakes (USA)
https://www.facebook.com/steve.tracy.733
I Bleed Through My Soul (2017)

If you love harmonica blues, then this is harmonica heaven. Although this is supposed to be a new release, I suspect that some of the tracks were released on a 1990’s album called ‘Going To Cincinnati’.
I liked this album a lot. So much so, it sits with other regularly played albums, which is no mean feat considering the amount of fine music I receive.

Here’s a video of Steve Tracy And The Crawling Kingsnakes - Going Down To The Graveyard, which appears on both albums: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ha6XlJpYI1Y

You can hear and buy the album here:
https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/stevetracyandthecrawling

Apart from recording with his own band, Steve has recorded with: Pigmeat Jarrett, Big Joe Duskin, and Albert Washington, and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. Steve is also a professor and author.

A full bio about Steve, can be found here: https://store.cdbaby.com/Artist/SteveTracyandtheCrawlingKingsn

Johnny Rawls (USA)
http://www.johnnyrawlsblues.com/
Waiting For The Train (2017)(Catfood Records)

A nice big dollop of soul for your blues.

The album features six originals (five co-written by Rawls and one by label mate James Armstrong and Bob Trenchard), along with songs previously recorded by Wilson Pickett (“I’m in Love”), Bob Dylan (“I Shall Be Released”), Tyrone Davis (“Turning Point”) and Syl Johnson (“We Did It”).

You can hear soundbites here:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B074P1NXGZ/ref=dm_ws_sp_ps_dp