Time’s running out to make it to what’s turning out to be a very popular and important event on this year’s blues circuit. Adam Gussow, of the blues team of Satan and Adam, and on whom I’ve previously reported here, is hosting Hill Country Harmonica, taking place ten miles south of Holly Springs, Mississippi, on 22-23 May 2010. As Adam says in his latest news from Modern Blues Harmonica e-letter, “Back in December, I got the idea of creating an event where Satan and Adam, Jason Ricci and New Blood, and a handful of harmonica teachers would teach, play, and have constructive fun in the north Mississippi countryside with a self-selected tribe of crazed blues harpists.”
It didn’t work out quite that way, but it did work out, and now we’re seeing the very respectable turnout of those who’ve already signed up to attend. “We are stunned by the positive response,” is what Gussow said in the same e-letter. As of this morning, they’ve got registrants from 29 states and five foreign countries.
Hill Country Harmonica is a “two-day intensive retreat for blues harmonica students (all levels) and their friends, featuring workshops, jam sessions, and concerts with some of the finest traditional and contemporary players in the world. FREE onsite camping! Plenty of home-cooked soul food available.”
Gussow won’t be running solo on this venture, but rather than me steal his thunder, go to the website and get it straight from Adam and the others. Everything you need to make your attendance a reality is at the site in easy-to-follow instructions for information about any part of the event, directions, schedule of events, etc. But don’t dither. As the e-letter also says, “Along with SPAH, the Garden State Harmonica Festival, and the Buckeye Harmonica Festival, Hill Country Harmonica, in its first year, is on the verge of becoming the fourth major stop on the stateside harmonica calendar. There are two differences between HCH and the other three events, of course: ours is devoted exclusively to blues harmonica. And it takes place in Mississippi.”
Don’t miss out on the very first Hill Country Harmonica!
To read and sign up for the latest e-newsletter, go to Gussow’s website.
For more information on Satan and Adam, see my review of their CD Satan and Adam.
For even more information, see my review of Gussow’s book Journeyman’s Road. In the Sep/Oct 2007 issue of Elmore magazine.
Satan and Adam also had a brief appearance in U2’s Rattle and Hum film.