Thread: Speaking of harp players...

steved - 5/18/2017 at 09:45 PM

Who are some of your favorite players? I really like Ace. Butterfield, Cotton, and Little Walter.

Toot Thielmans from a different school, as well.

I know there are tons of others. Just opening things up...

Who else?

eap,
Steve


ABBDutchFan - 5/18/2017 at 10:01 PM

Jason Ricci

Charlie Musselwhite

James Harman

Lester Butler


BIGV - 5/18/2017 at 10:12 PM

Norton Buffalo
Magic Dick (J. Geils)
Junior Wells


Rusty - 5/18/2017 at 10:13 PM

Jimmy Hall, y'all!

Another Mobile home boy - the late, Topper Price.


lovelight - 5/18/2017 at 10:22 PM

I always enjoyed it when Hook Herrera joined ABB at the Beacon shows


Rusty - 5/18/2017 at 10:52 PM

Charlie McCoy.


pops42 - 5/18/2017 at 10:59 PM

Stevie Wonder


BIGV - 5/18/2017 at 11:31 PM

Jim Essery


MartinD28 - 5/19/2017 at 01:10 AM

quote:
Jimmy Hall, y'all!

Another Mobile home boy - the late, Topper Price.


X2

2 really good ones.


pops42 - 5/19/2017 at 01:11 AM

Kim Wilson


Jack_Frost - 5/19/2017 at 01:12 AM

I always really liked Alan Wilson aka the Blind Owl of Canned Heat fame. He could really bend some notes!


Rusty - 5/19/2017 at 09:53 AM

Bob Dylan.


heineken515 - 5/19/2017 at 11:17 AM

John Mayall

The Turning Point is one good CD ! Room to Move !

https://youtu.be/zLp0AsKXMEs

[Edited on 5/19/2017 by heineken515]


Stephen - 5/19/2017 at 06:02 PM

Steve Miller
He & Norton Buffalo did an awesome dueling harps part at a Music Hall show in Boston back in the day (around when Fly Like An Eagle was out)

also Rick Estrin, the singer/harp player in Little Charlie & the Nightcats

"On the lickin' stick, Mr. Magic Dick" -- he's tops in my book


Zambi - 5/19/2017 at 06:51 PM

Howard Levy from the Flecktones. (Not the first that would come to mind, but of the ones not already mentioned....)


Rusty - 5/19/2017 at 07:58 PM

Mick Jagger. Seriously.

Good call on Rick Estrin. Charlie Batty (guitarist for Little Charlie & the Night Cats) is also a great harp player.


Fretsman - 5/21/2017 at 05:38 PM

15 posts and no mention of Sonny Boy Williamson, F'n Amateurs....

Your Funeral My Trial
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ixgu0H2p3WE

Bye Bye Bird and In My Younger Days
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NBrucXQxeUo

Don't Start Me Talkin'
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lE47EQawico

Nine Below Zero
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WBW9hYLsSHE

Tryin To Make London My Home (Over an hour of the man!)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qxH4o0AwtCg


Rusty - 5/21/2017 at 06:06 PM

Sugar Blue.


KPRESTN712 - 5/21/2017 at 06:25 PM

Hook Herrera. Always takes a song to another level when sitting in with the Mule.

Working Class Hero, Gov't Mule, 12/30/11 Beacon Theater, NYC
https://youtu.be/qgGu0o-NL0c


Gov't Mule 32-20 Blues (Robert Johnson Cover) w/Hook Herrera
https://youtu.be/w17Y8mKSHqQ


joyful_noise - 5/21/2017 at 10:11 PM

Elwood Blues

Hey Bartender ...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PknRSaRq6l4



[Edited on 5/21/2017 by joyful_noise]


fanfrom-71 - 5/22/2017 at 02:46 AM

Sonny Terry
Junior Wells
James Cotton
Jerry Portnoy
Magic Dick
Jimmy Hall


emr - 5/22/2017 at 05:56 AM

quote:
15 posts and no mention of Sonny Boy Williamson, F'n Amateurs....

Your Funeral My Trial
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ixgu0H2p3WE

Bye Bye Bird and In My Younger Days
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NBrucXQxeUo

Don't Start Me Talkin'
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lE47EQawico

Nine Below Zero
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WBW9hYLsSHE

Tryin To Make London My Home (Over an hour of the man!)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qxH4o0AwtCg


Not mentioning the GOAT sooner was like discussing Baseball and forgetting to talk about Babe Ruth


Stephen - 5/22/2017 at 03:04 PM

Little Walter & Junior Wells are right there w/Sonny Boy Williamson -- then James Cotton.......
Magic Dick really got me into all these players -- his harp playing in J. Geils was The Bomb
Didn't know Charlie Baty was a harp player too Rusty -- his guitar solo on Ten Years Ago, from their live record -- fan-tastic


Rusty - 5/22/2017 at 04:32 PM

quote:
Little Walter & Junior Wells are right there w/Sonny Boy Williamson -- then James Cotton.......
Magic Dick really got me into all these players -- his harp playing in J. Geils was The Bomb
Didn't know Charlie Baty was a harp player too Rusty -- his guitar solo on Ten Years Ago, from their live record -- fan-tastic


Hey Stephen! The last time that I saw them perform, during the encore Charlie hung the guitar around Rick Estrin's neck. Rick had a "staged" look of surprise on his face but then began to play some pretty decent lead guitar. Meanwhile, Charlie took out a harp and began to blow like a madman! I think the two met in college when both were known for their harp skills. I sure miss seeing them play!


emr - 5/22/2017 at 04:51 PM

re: Sonny Boy. What separates the all time greats (Beatles; Stones; Bob Marley) from others is the creative writing part. No Blues Harp player left behind greater legacy of Songwriting that Mr. Miller.

and for any NYers John Mayall is at the Iridium next Tues/Wed


Fretsman - 5/23/2017 at 01:54 AM

Sonny Boy was just smooth and fluent, Cool just seeped from his pores.


emr - 5/23/2017 at 03:14 PM

Sonny Boy was the man. I remember stories relating to his tour of England with the Yardbirds. He had a fancy bowler and suit; apparently met some Royalty. Back home in Helena none of his drinking buddies believed him

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SvTmZBvet-M


TheGuru - 5/23/2017 at 03:21 PM

Sonny Boy Williamson and Lee Oskar


robslob - 5/23/2017 at 04:34 PM

He's never been in the limelight, never gotten much notoriety outside of the Bay area and in fact I know that's he's gone through periods in his life when he hasn't played music at all. But Mark Ford (Robben's brother) is really, REALLY good! Saw the Ford Blues Band in January 2016 with all three brothers on board (Pat on drums) so I know that Mark can certainly still play that harp.............


Abracadabra - 5/24/2017 at 05:19 AM

Little Walter .. .... Sonny Boy .. ....


Abracadabra - 5/24/2017 at 05:23 AM

Little Walter .. .... Sonny Boy .. ....


linus - 5/30/2017 at 06:32 PM

"Jimmy Hall, y'all!

Another Mobile home boy - the late, Topper Price."

Rusty the only thing I would add to your post is it should be the Late, Great Topper Price. Sometimes he would be a little too loaded and his playing would get pitchy, but when he was on, he slayed me. Some of my musical highlights were when he'd drop by the members jam at Magic City Blues Society and sit in. Nothing like playing Statesboro Blues and trading off with Topper.

I'm not much of a metalhead, but if anyone hasn't heard his harp on Brother Cain's Ain't Got No Shame....wow. Hot as a nymphomanic in a convent


axeman - 5/30/2017 at 07:50 PM

Always like Thom Ducette!

Overexposure and the obvious answer be damned: John Popper is a spectacular harp player.

Agree with the Mick Jagger assessment for the riffs on Gimmie Shelter alone.

**Also, I don't know who it is that plays harp on Jimmy Buffett's Why Don't We Get Drunk and Screw but that is some surreal playing. A lot of those Buffett 70s hits have some great harp on them. Don't know who it is but he's great.

Mickey Raphael is also a great one.
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pops42 - 5/30/2017 at 07:51 PM

Delbert


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