Lil’ Walter Harmonica Tribute Show
Kennett Flash, in celebration of Walter Jacob’s birthday, presents a stellar line up of Regional Harmonica virtuosos with classic and original approaches to the harmonica.
Little Walter Jacobs single-handedly fashioned the stylistic approach for harmonica which has been emulated by virtually every blues harmonica player since. The fiery harmonica wizard took the humble mouth organ in dazzling amplified directions that were unimaginable prior to his ascendancy. His daring instrumental innovations were so fresh, startling, and ahead of their time that they sported a jazz sensibility, soaring and swooping in front of snarling guitars and swinging rhythms perfectly suited to Walter’s pioneering flights of fancy.
Our headliner, Steve Guyger makes his home in Philadelphia and is one of the finest blues harp master’s in the world. Over the past forty-plus years, 2009 Handy Award nominee Steve Guyger has been dishing out some of the finest blues to be heard anywhere. Whether in a duo, trio, or with his band, The Excellos. Steve has shared the stage with the greats in Chicago and the contemporary harp players touring the world today, names like Little Sammy Davis, Carey Bell, Rick Estrin, Rod Piazza, Kim Wilson, Mark Hummel, Charlie Musselwhite and many others. His playing, vocals, songwriting and stage presence have earned him a place among the best of the players on stage today. Steve Guyger is an internationally known touring musician with 6+ recorded albums on various record labels.
Steve specializes in that Classic Chicago sound.
Nick Trill is from the New York City area, where he played in the Teenage Beat, after the Lil’ Walter song, and played regularly at the legendary Dan Lynch
in the early 1980’s. Nick then moved to South Florida in 1995 and started His current band: Nick Thrill and the Thrillseekers. Nick Currently divides his time playing between Philadelphia and South Florida. Nick has 3 CD’s to his credit and his forte is Swinging Chicago Blues.
Ryan Hartt hails from Connecticut and formed Ryann Hartt and the Blue Hearts in April 2000. Ryan and the Blue Hearts toured all over New England and have three CD’s to their catalogue on the Far Tone Record Label. Ryan’s harp stylings became known for his West Coast Jump Blues approach.
James Day is from Biloxi, Mississippi and played rhythm guitar in The Casuals during the 80’s. Soon after moving to Philadelphia, he formed James Day & the Fish Fry in 2003. James Day & the Fish Fry have 2 CD’s and are currently on the Vizztone Record Label. James plays New Orleans Music and his harmonica approach leans toward all Gulf Coast Music stylings.