Sonny Boy Video

2006-05-02 13:40:00

There are lots of nice videos on This one is of Sonny Boy from a video that's been around around for a while. Sonny Boy (Rice Miller) is playing an 1896 marine band. It's a full octave lower than a standard C harp. I find it hard to bend the 2 hole in mine, but everything sounds real nice and funky whe you use one.

The second song has Willie Dixon on bass and Sunnyland Slim on piano and I think that's Robert Jr. Lockwood on guitar.


2006-07-14 16:18:00
Now THAT is smooth!.. love that vid, slick as it comes.

2006-07-13 00:51:00
It is Little Hubert Sumlin on guitar,SB calls him by name on the intro to next song,Get the BF 64 dvd at amoson .com

2006-05-03 16:40:00
Perhaps,?Hubert Sumlin on guitar.


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