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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 Guests: Kid Andersen & Wes Starr



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Mark sits down at Greaseland Studios with guitarist/producer Kid Andersen ( Charlie Musselwhite, Rick Estrin, Little Charlie,Terry Hanck)  and legendary drummer Wes Starr. (Asleep at the Wheel, Hal Ketchum, Anson Funderburgh & The Rockets, Omar and The Howlers).

The guys talk about their attraction to the Blues and their journey to California. Kid began playing as a younth in Norway and came to the US at the invitation of Terry Hanck.  Wes was raised in Georgia and was exposed to the best of the blues. Wes made it to California via Nashville & Austin among other stops.

The guys also open up about sobriety and their path to becoming a sober performer and the challenges of staying sober on the road and in an industry that expects abuse.

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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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Special Guest: Elvin Bishop



Mark Hummel’s Harmonica Party brings in Elvin Bishop singer, guitarist, bandleader, and songwriter. An original member of the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of that group in 2015 and the Blues Hall of Fame in his own right in 2016 Elvin talks about Mike Bloomfield, Paul Butterfield, James Cotton, Charlie Musselwhite. Elvin discusses searching for a singer for his hit Fooled Around and Fell In Love. Elvin talks about his days at The Fillmore for Bill Graham, and physics! #elvinbishop #paulbutterfieldbluesband #bigfuntrio

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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 Barbara Dane



Mark sits down with legendary, folk, jazz and blues vocalist Barbara Dane for a conversation about music, activism and her influence on popular music.  Barbara has performed with everyone from Louis Armstrong to Pete Seeger to Lightening Hopkins and Muddy Waters to Bob Dylan and Joan Baez. Barbara talks about being pulled from a Louis Armstrong European Tour by the FBI and playing with Hugh Hefner on Playboy After Dark.

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East Bay Blues Vaults: The musicians, clubs and characters.



Mark tells his story of arriving in Northern California and his journey into the San Francisco Bay Area Blues scene. Mark talks about the musicians, clubs and colorful characters that populated the area and how a young harmonica player from Southern California was able to enter and thrive in this vibrant scene. Mark’s new CD is culled from his extensive collection of recordings from 1976-1988. With contributions from Brownie McGhee, Sonny Rhodes, Boogie Jake, JJ Malone, Cool Papa, Mississippi Johnny Waters and many more.

Now Available from Mark Hummel  & Electro-Fi Records

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Special Guest Steve Freund Pt. 2



Mark sits down for Part 2 of his talk with with blues guitar legend Steve Freund. Steve talks about moving to California and working with Paul Butterfield, Boz Scaggs, James Cotton among others and producing Mark’s album Heart of Chicago.

Special Thanks to Bob Corritore for his photographs

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Special Guest: Steve Freund Pt 1



Mark sits down with blues guitar legend Steve Freund to talk about his career and blues history. Steve began his career in Chicago with Hubert Sumlin, Lee Jackson, Homesick James, Louis Myers, and many others. He spent two years working with Big Walter Horton and Floyd Jones, and in 1978 he became Sunnyland Slim’s main guitarist. Freund is the consummate piano accompanist working with Pinetop Perkins, Jimmy Walker, Henry Gray, Erwin Helfer and many more. Steve spent nine years working with harmonica legend James Cotton. Steve tours internationally and has played with and opens shows for Boz Scaggs.

Special Thanks to Bob Corritore for his photographs

Steve Freund’s Website

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Produced by Accidental Productions

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