Last night, I caught Austin-based harp player Gary Primich down at the Mojo Lounge. He put on a great show consisting of some very nice originals along with some dusty old chestnuts from the 1950's that I hadn't heard in a very long time including some Billy Boy Arnold and Clarence Garlow tunes. It was a very cool show.
Gary Primich is a fantastic harp player. His playing is very versatile and true to the memory of Sonny Boy Williamson II, Little Walter, Billy Boy Arnold and a multitude of others. His guitarist, Jeremy Johnson, is also very good. He is a native of Minneapolis and has toured with R.J. Mischo. Teenage heartthrob and guitar wizard, Kid Andersen and June Core sat in for a few numbers and really tore things up. Blues harmonica master and accomplished vocalist, Phil Berkowitz" was celebrating his 40th birthday. He and Dennis Carelli each sat in for a number.
I ran into several people at the show. The President and CEO of Mountain Top Productions was present. He mentioned that the work on the Blues Harp Meltdown - Vol 3. is progressing quite nicely. This CD was recorded at Moe's Alley in 2004 and contains stellar performances from: Carey Bell, Willie "Big Eyes" Smith, Lazy Lester, Cephas & Wiggins, Mark Hummel and Steve Freund.