Today a friend introduced me to Townes Van Zandt, a musician who isn’t, himself, a harmonica player but who has kick-ass music and a wicked harmonica accompanist. I don’t know who is blowing harp on Van Zandt’s Black Widow Blues, but it’s some slick playing! He gets your attention with a righteous warble and then lays out a beautiful little Texas blues lick to prelude the awesome song that is to follow. His part throughout the whole song is fantastically restrained and he sneaks through to shine in tiny moments of brilliance at all the right breaks in the music. His tone is rich and clean to match his style and his licks are bursts of awesome.
And yet I have no idea who this guy is.
Seriously. I couldn’t find out who it is. I’m sure the answer is out there so if you know or can figure it out, let me know in a comment. 1000 points to the winner!
Meanwhile, enjoy Black Widow Blues and afterwards read up on Townes Van Zandt. This guy has some amazing music!