Gussow offers new video: "Crossroads Blues," Clapton-style, on harmonica

2009-05-29 14:10:00

Just wanted to let fans of amped-up harp know about something a little bit different that I've been working on recently. I've always loved Cream's version of Robert Johnson's "Cross Road Blues" ("Crossroad Blues" when Cream does it), especially Clapton's remarkable-for-the-time refashioning of electric guitar into something larger-than-life. So I worked up a version of Clapton's opening 12-bars for harmonica, and added a primitive foot-stomp sound by plugging a wooden block into my 1955 Bassman. Here's the result:

My trio Satan and Adam is about to go on tour; this experiment worked out so well that we're planning to add "Crossroads Blues" to our set. I get to turn my amps ALL the way up! This would make any harp player very happy.

About that tour: please visit for a complete list of gigs. We'll be hitting South Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, New York, and New Hampshire.

--Adam Gussow


2012-06-25 20:31:43
Mike B.
I've been doing this number with my band for a few months now and never been happy with what I was doing, so finding this has been a revelation. Thanks Adam.


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