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Special Guest: Chris Cain



Guitar virtuoso Chris Cain began playing professionally as a teenager in local clubs, at festivals, and at private events. .Cain received four Blues Music Award nominations in 1987 for his debut album, Late Night City Blues, including Guitarist of the Year. He signed to Blind Pig Records in 1990 and released his second album, Cuttin’ Loose, then released Can’t Buy A Break in 1992 and Somewhere Along the Way in 1995. 2018 brought more nominations, including Blues Music Awards Guitarist of the Year, Blues Blast Awards Best Males Blues Artist and Best Contemporary Blues Album for the 2017 release, Chris Cain. Chris records for Alligator Records.

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Special Guest: Nick Gravenites



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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.

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Special Guest: The James Cotton Band



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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.

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Special Guest: Charlie Musselwhite Part 1



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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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Gary Smith | Junior Watson | Live | Ron Thompson Memorial Concert



Gary Smith and Junior Watson perform at the Ron Thompson Memorial Concert July 31, 2021.

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Special Guests: Rusty Zinn and Robert Welsh



Mark talks with long time friends and collaborators Rusty Zinn and Robert Welsh.  The guys talks about their influences and their individual times with legends: Elvin Bishop, Charlie Musselwhite, James Cotton, The Fabulous Thunderbirds and their time on the road together. Please like and subscribe and consider joining us on Patreon . Mark Hummel’s Website Produced by Accidental Productions Please check out our sponsors and affiliates. Seydel Harmonicas Electro Fi Records


Special Guest: Curtis Salgado



Mark talks with long time friend and Harmonica Blowout veteran Curtis Salgado.  They talk about starting out in music, their influences, and Curtis bringing John Belushi & The Blues Brothers their biggest hit; “Hey Bartender”. Please like and subscribe and consider joining us on Patreon . Mark Hummel’s Website Produced by Accidental Productions Please check out our sponsors and affiliates. Seydel Harmonicas Electro Fi Records


Special Guests Kid Anderson and June Core



Mark, Kid Andersen and June Core talk about the beginnings of Greaseland Studios, and a hilarious discussion of performing and recording with the greats of blues. including: Elvin Bishop, Charlie Musselwhite, Little Charlie, Terry Hanck, AND Mark.  Please like and subscribe and consider joining us on Patreon . Mark Hummel’s Website Produced by Accidental Productions Please check out our sponsors and affiliates. Seydel Harmonicas Electro Fi Records


Special Guest Peter Albin of Big Brother & The Holding Co.



Mark and Peter Albin founder of Big Brother & The Holding Company talk about San Francisco in the 60’s: Janis Joplin’s impact, and his friendship with Jett Garcia, PigPen and the Jefferson Airplane.  Peter remembers taking Jimi Hendrix to the store for beer, and watching BB King play a night of Gospel tunes the night Martin Luther King was murdered. Peter recalls the night at the Monterey Pop Festival that put the band on the map, and the argument backstage between Jimi Hendrix and The Who.

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Special Guest Junior Watson Pt 2



Part 2 of Mark’s discussion with West Coast blues guitarist Junior Watson. Junior discusses his influences and his time in and touring with The Mighty Flyers, Canned Heat and many others.  Junior has played in more than 200 recording sessions including sessions with Mark. Junior’s new CD Nothin To It But To Do It is available now.

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