Masters of the Blues Harp

The first recordings of harmonicas were made in the USA in the 1920s. At this stage the instrument wasn’t taken very seriously and was deemed a ‘poor man’s’ tool. It took a couple of years before the harmonica truly came into its own, when techniques such as cross-harp became popular courtesy of artists like Sonny Boy Williamson. It has since gone on to become a recognisable and highly popular addition to any modern blues band.

This week we’re taking a look at some of the true masters of the blues harp – from Little Walter to Charlie Musselwhite.

  1. Little Walter – Blue Light
  2. Charlie Musselwhite – Blues Why do you Worry Me?
  3. Slim Harpo -I Got Love If You Want It
  4. Big Walter Horton – Now Tell Me Baby
  5. Sonny Boy Williamson – Don’t Start Me To Talkin’

~ by Ian on February 13, 2012.

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