Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Adam Gussow visits Seattle.

As we mentioned here recently, blues harpist Adam Gussow was visiting the Jet City last week to deliver a paper at the EMP Pop Conference. After he wrapped up his visit at the EMP, I picked Adam up and we drove out to the north end to the SCAN TV studios where he was interviewed by Marlee Walker on her Blues-To-Do TV show.

Adam Gussow and Marlee Walker at the SCAN TV studio.

Marlee and Adam talked about Adam's forthcoming book, "Journeyman's Road: Modern Blues Lives From Faulkner's Mississippi to Post-9/11 New York (scheduled for release this June), and his new web page where students of the harmonica can download inexpensive harp lessons. Adam also sat in on a couple of songs with the Giddens School Kids choir. All of the seats in the studio were occupied by the kids' proud parents, so I watched the show from the lobby

The Giddens School childrens' choir (Director Kent Stevenson on piano and Jeff “Bongo” Busch on drums).

Then we went downtown to the Highway 99 Blues Club to see the Crossroads Band. We had some dinner and drinks during the band's first set, and were joined by several Seattle harp players, including Kim Field, Bubba McCoy, and Jeff Herzog. The band was kind enough to invite some of us up to sit in with them as you can see from the photos below.

Left to right: Steve Bailey, Hwy 99 owner Ed Maloney, Adam Gussow, and Kim Field.

Left to right: Kim Field, Bubba "The Unreal" McCoy, and Adam Gussow.

Adam Gussow with the Crossroads Band - left to right: Dan Newton, John Lee, Adam Gussow, and Steve Bailey.

Kim Field with the Crossroads Band - John Rockwell (drums) and Dennis Ellis (sax).

It was great to meet and hang out with Adam, and I hope we get to see him again in the Northwest sometime soon. Our thanks to the Crossroads Band for their hospitality!

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