Gussow offers new video: "Crossroads Blues," Clapton-style, on harmonica
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 http://www.modernbluesharmonica.com/personal_appearances.html for a complete list of gigs. We'll be hitting South Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, New York, and New Hampshire.
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.