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Mark Hummel's Harmonica Party is a videocast/podcast that is all about the Blues. Blues news, Blues history, and Blues artists. Mark takes you on a musical journey with music and stories from his 40 years on the road as a Blues musician. In each episode Mark talks, listens and plays his music and the music of those who inspired him. Please SUBSCRIBE on Youtube and on your favorite podcast platform.

Mark Hummel's Harmonica Party Mark Hummel's Harmonica Party

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Mark Hummel's Harmonica Party is a videocast/podcast that is all about the Blues. Blues news, Blues history, and Blues artists. Mark takes you on a musical journey with music and stories from his 40 years on the road as a Blues musician. In each episode Mark talks, listens and plays his music and the music of those who inspired him. Please SUBSCRIBE on Youtube and on your favorite podcast platform.

    Special Guest: Nick Gravenites

    Special Guest: Nick Gravenites

    #electricflag #sanfranciscoscene



    Nick Gravenites played in clubs with Mike Bloomfield, Charlie Musselwhite and others. In 1967 he formed the Electric Flag with Bloomfield. Gravenites also wrote the score for the film The Trip and produced the music for the film Steelyard Blues.



    Gravenites is credited as a "musical handyman", helping such San Francisco bands as Quicksilver Messenger Service and Janis Joplin's first solo group, the Kozmic Blues Band. He wrote several songs for Joplin, including "Work Me, Lord" and the unfinished instrumental track "Buried Alive in the Blues". Gravenites was the lead singer in the re-formed Big Brother and the Holding Company (without Joplin) from 1969 to 1972. He also worked extensively with John Cipollina after producing the first album by Quicksilver Messenger Service.



    Gravenites produced the pop hit "One Toke Over the Line" for Brewer & Shipley and the album Right Place, Wrong Time for Otis Rush, for which he was nominated for a Grammy Award.



    Mark Hummel www.markhummel.com



    Patreon https://www.patreon.com/markhummel



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    • 1 hr 19 min
    Special Guest: Tad Robinson

    Special Guest: Tad Robinson

    Tad Robinson (born June 24, 1956) is an American singer, harmonica player, and songwriter. Robinson was born and raised in New York City. He graduated the New Lincoln School and attended Indiana University's school of music and graduating in 1980. He played regionally with a group called the Hesitation Blues Band, then moved to Chicago, where he became the vocalist for Dave Specter & the Bluebirds, singing on their 1994 album Blueplicity for Delmark Records. In 1994, he released his first album under his own name on the same label; seven more have followed, five on the Severn imprint. Robinson has performed at notable festivals in several countries, including the United States, Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, the Netherlands, and Switzerland. He has been a Hohner harmonica endorsee since 1985.



    Tad Robinson https://tadrobinson.com/



    Mark Hummel www.markhummel.com



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    • 44 min
    Lee Oskar

    Lee Oskar

    #leeoskar #summeroflove #sanfranciscomusic #lowridersong #blackpanthers



    Born in Copenhagen, Denmark in 1948, Oskar was six years old when a family friend gave him his first harmonica. "I came from an area where every kid on the block had a harmonica", he remembers. He grew up listening to Danish radio, enjoying all types of music and cites Ray Charles as the biggest influence from that period. At 17, Oskar decided that the United States was where a harmonica player should make his career. So he moved to New York at the age of 18 with little more than a harmonica in his pocket. With no money, Oskar played harmonica in the streets of New York. Eventually arriving in Los Angeles, via Toronto and San Francisco, Oskar soon met and joined forces with Eric Burdon who had recently disbanded The Animals and was searching for new collaborators. Together, the harmonica-playing Dane (born Lee Oskar Levitin ) and the British blues-rock singer made the rounds of the L.A. clubs, eventually hooking up with the soon-to-be members of War. Burdon agreed to the novel idea of pairing up Oskar's harmonica with Charles Miller's saxophone to form a horn section. This team-up set War apart from the start, giving Oskar room to display the full spectrum of his improvisational prowess. Oskar's harmonica magic was always a vital element in War's music and performances. Oskar continued with War for 24 years non-stop. At the end of 1992, during the time of dispute over the WAR trademark, Oskar took a few years to continue his solo career and to focus on his Lee Oskar Harmonica manufacturing.



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    • 39 min
    James Cotton Band

    James Cotton Band

    #jamescotton #harmonicablues #markhummel



    The James Cotton Band sits down and talks with Mark about playing with Mark's longtime friend and harmonic legend James Cotton. James Henry Cotton (July 1, 1935 – March 16, 2017) was an American blues harmonica player, singer and songwriter, who performed and recorded with many of the other great blues artists of his time and with his own band. He played drums early in his career but is famous for his harmonica playing. Cotton began his professional career playing the blues harp in Howlin' Wolf's band in the early 1950s. He made his first recordings in Memphis for Sun Records, under the direction of Sam Phillips. In 1955, he was recruited by Muddy Waters to come to Chicago and join his band. Cotton became Waters's bandleader and stayed with the group until 1965. In 1965 he formed the Jimmy Cotton Blues Quartet, with Otis Spann on piano, to record between gigs with the Muddy Waters band. He eventually left to form his own full-time touring group. His first full album, on Verve Records, was produced by the guitarist Mike Bloomfield and the singer and songwriter Nick Gravenites, who later were members of the band Electric Flag. In the 1970s, Cotton played harmonica on Muddy Waters' Grammy Award–winning 1977 album Hard Again, produced by Johnny Winter.



    Mark Hummel www.markhummel.com



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    • 43 min
    Charlie Musselwhite Pt 2

    Charlie Musselwhite Pt 2

    #bluesharmonica #elvinbishop #chicagoblues #charliemusselwhite



    Harmonica legends Mark Hummel and Charlie Musselwhite talk about Charlie's years of touring and recording. Charlie talks about his collaborations with INXS, Cindy Lauper, Ben Harper, Dylan, The Band, and others. Charlie and Mark play a tune at the end of the show.



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    Charlie Musselwhite www.charliemusselwhite.com



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    • 44 min
    Special Guest: Charlie Musselwhite

    Special Guest: Charlie Musselwhite

    #charliemusselwhite #elvis #chicagoblues #memphisblues #harmonicaparty



    Charlie Musselwhite joins Mark Hummel's Harmonica Party for a conversation with the legendary Harp player. Charlie talks about growing up in Memphis and going to the Amusement Park and movies with Elvis Presley and the Memphis Mafia. Charlie remembers his unique childhood that brought him to music and to the blues. Charlie tells Mark about the move to Chicago and trying to find a place in the blues scene, First working in a record store and sharing the stage with Chicago Blues legends Lew Soloff, Muddy Waters, Junior Wells, Sonny Boy Williamson, Buddy Guy, Howlin' Wolf, Little Walter, and Big Walter Horton. Charlie Musselwhite recent recordings include Grammy nominated releases with Elvin Bishop #elvinbishop Ben Harper #benharper .



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    • 38 min

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