Friday, February 03, 2006

Something in the genes

Somehow I have managed to go 23 years of my life without knowledge of one of my greatest namesakes. Sonny Boy Williamson. Nicknamed "King of the Harmonica" by his peers, was one of the most inspiring harp players in blues history. He played with passion, metronome like timing and inventive technique.

I was playing a bit of guitar with my blues influenced, Polish flat-mate last night, and afterwards over a glass of Chardonnay he introduced me to the full, resonating sound of Sonny Boy Williamson. Williamson was born on the Sara Jones Plantation near Glendora, Mississippi in Tallahatchie County, Mississippi. He has been called by many, the most influential blues artist of all time.

Spot any similarities?

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