From: "Adam S. Gussow" <;asguss~hoenix.Princeton.EDU>;
Date: Mon, 6 Nov 1995 17:01:39 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Re: harp-l-digest V1 #172

Re: SoCal harpist Preston Smith, megaphone use.

Preston Smith came into Terra Blues, a NYC club, one night about four
years ago and blew the room apart with his megaphone trick. It was an
electric megaphone, the kind gym teachers used to use back in the
Seventies. He sang through it--getting that eerie Fifties blues sound,
like some Howlin' Wolfish song heard late at night on an old AM car
radio--and blew harp through it. What most impressed me was the way he
worked feedback on the thing, boosting the "sensitivity" control all the
way up so a feedback loop was established, then made it give off all
sorts of unearthly (and sometimes quite sexual) moans and squeals. Muddy
Waters would have been proud: a huge personality was in evidence.

Yrs.

Adam Gussow


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