A lil bit of Blues

One of my current fave tunes by one of the most famous harmonica masters the ever colourful Sonny Boy Williamson II:

He and The Yardbirds recorded an album, “Sonny Boy Williamson & the Yardbirds”, which was recorded in 1963 at the famous Crawdaddy Club Richmond, Surrey, the venue where the Rolling Stones played their debut gig.

two fantastic, expressive harmonica breaks kick in at 1:57, and 3:14 – this is a great example of the “singing” quality you can get from this instrument. The rounded “horn-like” tone comes partly from the “cupping technique” and the type of microphone and amplifier typically used. But must of all, it comes from the sound system that comprises your throat, mouth and skull – yes… your head!

Check out the… er… “colourful language” fun and games at the beginning… Priceless!

Stay tuned for more Yardbirds-related musings.

Yardbirds US Tour May 2010:

May 21st, 2010 – Parilla Center, Rockville, MD
May 22nd, 2010 – Chesapeake Blues Fest, Annapolis, MD
May 23rd, 2010 – Tangiers, Akron, OH
May 25th, 2010 – Sellersville Theatre, Sellersville, PA
May 26th, 2010 – BB Kings, New York, NY Yardbirds Tour
May 27th, 2010 – Boulton Center, Bay Shore, NY
May 28th, 2010 – Showcase Live, Foxborough, MA
May 30th, 2010 – Remember The Music/Heroes, Virginia Bh, Va


VOTE! Yardbirds for Crossroads 2010

Yardbirds for Crossroads 2010

The Yardbirds only need a small amount of votes to play the Eric Clapton Crossroads festival:


The Yardbirds May US tour – east coast

The tour is fast approaching, and the neighbours are possibly getting fed up with the copious amounts of blueswailing, but it is all for a good cause!

Stay tuned for some Yardbirds Facebook chat this Saturday, and some mini interviews with the band.

YARDBIRDS – US East Coast Tour May 2010:

Fri 21 Parilla Center – Rockville , MD|
Sat 22 Chesapeake Blues Fest – Annapolis , MD|
Sun 23 Tangiers – Akron , OH|
Tue 25 Sellersville Theatre – Sellersville , PA|
Wed 26 BB Kings – New York , NY|
Thu 27 Boulton Center – Bay Shore , NY|
Fri 28 Showcase Live – Foxborough , MA