Sunday, August 22, 2010

Saturday Night At The Liberal Curmudgeon: Sonny Boy Williamson, Blues Harpist Extraordinaire

Sonny Boy Williamson was the blues harpist extraordinaire, one who played with everyone from Robert Johnson to Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page and Robbie Robertson–and who was active in the Delta and Chicago blues scenes. Watch his hands in this performance of "Your Funeral and My Trial" for a hint as to how he managed to wring every sound out of the harmonica possible. As I watch, I'm thinking of my friend and blues brother Hal Goldman, whom I visited in California at this time last year during the last summer of his life. I enjoyed sending Hal blues CDs, and I meant to send him one by Williamson. But my dear friend's life was too short to receive it.

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