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The harmonica was invented in the early 19th century. Their size and relatively affordable cost made them a musical instrument that was easy to buy and easy to carry with you. They were also easy to begin playing on. Mastering them, however, can truly take a lifetime. Harmonica has been called the French harp, the Blues harp, the mouth organ, and the Mississippi Saxophone, among other nicknames. Additionally, the instrument has been used in virtually all forms of music, but has perhaps its richest history in the Blues.
Men like Sonny Boy Williamson II and Little Walter laid the groundwork for James Cotton and Junior Wells, who were followed by Charlie Musselwhite and Sugar Blue. These days it’s guys like John Nemeth, Jason Ricci and Jay Gaunt who carry the torch for harmonica Blues – along with countless others who have been inspired by the greats who came before them.
This week, Full-Time Blues Radio celebrates the harmonica and the men who play it, with an entire episode devoted to harmonica Blues.This week’s featured selection from inside “Johnny’s Mailbox” is “Tomorrow Night” off Bull Goose Rooster, the brand new album by Watermelon Slim and the Workers. This is the first album the band has released together since 2008, and it’s available now on NorthernBlues Music. It features 16 tracks of new recordings, and you’ll find covers of classics like “I’m a King Bee” and “Scratch My Back” alongside original numbers. Click Here to preview every track from Bull Goose Rooster!
Watermelon Slim and the Workers will be touring in support of the new album and you can find tour dates, information about the band, and so much more on the band’s official website, simply click the link to check out WatermelonSlim.com
1. James Cotton – Cotton Mouth Man – Cotton Mouth Man
2. The Nighthawks – Georgia Slop – Damn Good Time
3. Brandon Santini – What You Doing to Me – This Time Another Year
4. The Hound Kings – Red Light – Unleashed
5. Willie “Big Eyes” Smith & Roger “Hurricane” Wilson – Got My Mojo Workin’ – Live Blues Protected by Smith & Wilson
6. Mark Hummel – I Got to Go – Remembering Little Walter
7. Sugar Blue – Krystalline – Raw Sugar Blue Live
8. Bobby Rush – Tight Money – Down In Louisiana
9. Cash Box Kings – Too Late – Black Toppin’
10. Big Pete – Hey Lawdy Mama – Choice Cuts
11. John Nemeth – Ain’t Too Old – Blues Live
12. Watermelon Slim & the Workers – Tomorrow Night – Bull Goose Rooster
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