Harmonica Sam: The Country Side Of Harmonica Sam (LP)
(El Toro) 14 tracks A couple years ago, I was touring in Europe when
we played a really unusual gig. We had been told we would be playing in
Malmo, Sweden—a pretty big city—but when we got to the gig, it was on a
farm an hour or more outside of town. This was the middle of nowhere!
The place was called “The Barn” and they had concerts there with a band
playing on an old flatbed truck. The owner also owned a herd of American
Buffalo that he kept in the next field over. There were various
industrial and farm vehicles everywhere, and we were shown an old school
bus where we were supposed to sleep. Wow, this was the country, man!
And when the sun went down, all these Swedish hillbillies started
showing up. It was in this setting that I first saw an amazing band
who opened up for us that night. They were called “The Country Side Of
Harmonica Sam.” Wow! They were amazing! They totally knocked me out.
Here in this perfect atmosphere, “The Country Side Of Harmonica Sam”
played late 1950s and early 1960s honky-tonk country like we had been
transported in a magic time machine. They were great! They played and I
could swear if I closed my eyes I was listening to George Jones, Faron
Young, or Lefty Frizzell. I was totally blown away. I had seen
Harmonica Sam play in other settings, and he’s a great blues harmonica
player and entertainer in his own right, playing with bands like the
Domestic Bumblebees and other blues groups in Sweden. But he sure has
this “country side” of him—what a great singer and front man. You would
never guess that he was also a blues man, when he sings this stuff you
could swear he grew up on a farm in Arkansas and ate biscuits and gravy
every morning. The “Country Side” of Sam is a major talent. Now “The
Country Side Of Harmonica Sam” and his great band have recorded this
album. I think it’s fantastic, and I think you will, too. If you like
the idea of getting in a time machine and landing in Nashville,
Tennessee in 1959, then you need this album! You won’t be disappointed!
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