Satan and Adam on tour: August 12-17 + new lessons at Modern Blues Harmonica

2009-08-05 20:08:00

Satan and Adam, the blues duo (now trio, with the addition of drummer Dave Laycock), will be making a run up the Eastern seaboard next week. This is the first time we have visited Virginia Beach, Philly, Portsmouth NH, Rockland County NY, and Atlanta in more than a decade. Thanks to new restrictions imposed by the Medicare facility in which Sterling Magee (Mr. Satan) resides in Florida, this may well be the LAST time we tour outside the South. So if you're one of our fans from the old days, or if you've heard about us but never actually seen us live, we hope you'll make a point of attending a show. I'm happy to sign harmonicas, t-shirts, etc.

Here's our itinerary:


8/12: Virginia Beach, VA - Jewish Mother (9 PM)

8/13: Philadelphia, PA - World Cafe Live (7:30 PM, with special guest Charlie Sayles)

8/14: Portsmouth, NH - The Press Room (9 PM)

8/15: Piermont, NY - The Turning Point (8 PM)

8/17: Atlanta, GA - "blue Monday" party for Atlanta Harmonica Enthusiasts (time TBA). For info, please contact Jim McBride:

Here's a recent video of Satan and Adam in performance at a country club on Kiawah Island, South Carolina:

And here's a video of me and Dave in our first public performance of "Crossroad Blues." I've adapted the harp part from Clapton's guitar part in Cream's live version of the song. I'm playing foot drums (made by Pete Farmer of Bellingham, WA) for the first time in public. I WILL be playing this song on tour. Sterling is sitting it out:

If you're a harmonica player in search of inspiration, you might think about checking out some of my recently-uploaded video tutorials.

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St. Louis Blues. This is the BEST harmonica tab of this song currently in existence. If you purchase it and don't agree, please email me ( and I will refund your money, no questions asked.
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Mojo 1.0 A simplified version of the classic. For ADVANCED BEGINNERS.
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Tequila by The Champs. This is one of the great bar-band instrumentals:
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