Come to the Library on May 13 and Experience a Part of Madison County’s Blues Music Heritage!

Friday, May 13

12 o’clock Noon

In the Program Center of the Jackson/Madison County Library

Visiting Lecturer and Performer, Adam Gussow

Will present:

“Learning From John Lee Williamson:

A Harp Player’s Perspective”

John Lee “Sonny Boy” Williamson is the innovative and prolific blues musician and songwriter from Madison County, Tennessee, who pioneered the blues harmonica (aka harp) as an amplified lead instrument; a sound we’re familiar with today…imagine how it must have sounded to the people who heard it for the first time in the 1930’s and 40’s.

Adam Gussow is not only a musician and college professor, but an innovator in his own right.  A biographical note at the website states:

“As a blues harmonica player and teacher, Adam Gussow has few peers in the business. Currently an Associate      Professor of English and Southern Studies at the University of Mississippi with a specialty in blues literature and culture, Gussow was one of the first amplified blues harp players to make overblows a key element of his stylistic approach, adapting Howard Levy’s innovations in the late 1980s in a way that helped usher in a new generation of overblow masters.”

Music is very much about tradition and heritage;

collective innovations handed down through generations of musicians.

Perhaps there are musicians in your family,

whose accomplishments need to be preserved…

Now is a good time to explore this.

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