Hill Country Harmonica
May 22-23, 2010
Foxfire Ranch, Waterford, Mississippi
The music that greets you as the homepage opens is headliner Billy Branch
performing “Juke” in a 1982 concert with Sons of Blues
On May 22-23, 2010, blues harmonica players and their friends will be gathering in north Mississippi for a weekend of fun, fellowship, instructional guidance, and fantastic harmonica playing at a very special event called Hill Country Harmonica.
Our home for the weekend will be the grassy hills and open-air "blues barn" at Foxfire Ranch in Waterford, Mississippi. Foxfire is horse farm that has recently begun hosting the Sunday evening blues parties that used to take place at Junior Kimbrough’s juke joint in nearby Holly Springs, and it's the perfect venue for this event. The performers at Hill Country will also be your teachers and guides. They encompass the full range of blues harmonica expertise: traditional to contemporary, acoustic to amped-up, Mississippi to Memphis to Chicago and back:
Billy Branch, Grammy nominee and inheritor of the Chicago blues harp throne,
Adam Gussow(with Charlie Hilbert), contemporary overblow master and author of Mister Satan’s Apprentice,
Terry "Harmonica" Bean, harp-and-guitar groove master from Pontotoc, Mississippi,
Billy Gibson, "the prince of Beale Street," a 2009 Blues Music Award winner for harmonica,
Brandon Bailey,Memphis "harp-boxing" sensation and 2008 Orpheum Star Search winner,
Bill "Howl-N-Madd" Perry,bluesman extraordinaire from Abbeville, Mississippi and 2010 International Blues Challenge runner-up in the solo/duo category.
Also joining us is Deak Harp, who is currently touring with the Kilborn Alley Blues Band, has a massive tongue-blocked tone and is a pioneer in the one-man-harmonica-band category.
"SPECIAL ADDED ATTRACTION: Jumpin' Johnny Sansone from New Orleans!"
The weekend will consist of lectures, workshops, and jam sessions, interspersed with concerts by our pros. We will also have vendors geared toward the harp enthusiast and some very cool giveaways courtesy of Hohner and others. Hill Country Harmonica is an inclusive event: it is oriented at players of all levels, beginner through advanced. The focus will be on exchanging ideas, creating community, and grooving to some great music.
Free onsite camping will be available at Foxfire. Motels and more deluxe campsites are also available, a short drive up the highway. (Foxfire Ranch is only 50 miles from the Memphis International Airport.)
Inexpensive soul-food lunches and dinners will be available, along with cheap cold beer, courtesy of Foxfire owner Bill Hollowell.
Children 12 and under may attend free of charge, as long as they're accompanied by a parent or guardian paying full price.
A lot of other extras are described on the website homepage. You can find out more about our teacher and performers (as well as watch videos) at the following link -http://www.hillcountryharmonica.com/performers.html.
The price for the entire weekend is $150. The event runs from 11 a.m. to 12 midnight on Saturday and 10 a.m to 12 midnight on Sunday.
Join us for the first blues harmonica event of this sort in the north Mississippi countryside. Please forward this email to folks you think might be interested and feel free to contact us at our email addresses below.