Thursday, June 9, 2011
Blues Harmonica Clinic
By SUE WATSON
The Second Annual Blues Harmonica Clinic drew good attendance May 20-22. The clinic opened in Oxford Friday and continued at Foxfire Ranch south of Waterford Saturday and Sunday.
About 400 people attended the event, according to Willie Wilkerson, Hill Country blues documentarian in Holly Springs and director of the Hill Country Blues Foundation, Inc.
Players showed up from Germany and France and from states including Virginia, Florida, Washington, Massachusetts, California, Utah, Louisiana, Mississippi and Pennsylvania, he said. Musicians from over 20 states attended, he said.
Bill “Howl-N-Madd” Perry’s band from Abbeville was the official feature blues band for the event.
Three main feature acts were harmonica players Deak Harp, originally from Chicago, Sugar Blue, from New York and a former member of the Rolling Stones, and Charlie Sayles of Washington, D.C. Other players included Jason Ricci of Potts Camp, Jimi Lee of Austin, Texas, and Sonny Boy Terry of Texas, according to Wilkerson.
Organizers of the event were Adam Gussaw of Oxford and Jeff Silverman of New York.
“The Foxfire Ranch has proven to be the preeminent tourist attraction for entertainment in northeast Mississippi,” Wilkerson said.
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