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Blues Harp Women

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Blues Harp Women
Blues Harp Women


Big Mama Thornton is responsible for this album. I played one of her tracks on my radio show, heard a nice harmonica solo and checked the liner notes to see who it was. It was Big Mama! It was the first time I recall hearing a woman playing blues harp and it set the wheels turning in my head. I started wondering if there were other women who played the harmonica and why they are virtually unknown. I began searching. Eventually I found others, then more. I was inspired to create a website. As I was discussing it with a friend, he mispronounced harmonica as "hermonica". "That's it!" I shouted. "That's the name for the website!" So was born and became what Adam Gussow called "the definitive site on women harmonica players." We discovered and contacted almost 200 players around the world. There was some discussion on putting an album together. As far as we know, it had never been done before. A label-owning friend suggested I try Ruf Records and (bless his heart) Tom Ruf agreed to back the project. It has taken a few years and numerous obstacles to overcome, (working with 30-plus artists can get very complicated) but finally the album is finished and is about to become a unique part of music history; the very first women's blues harmonica compilation album ever made! I hope this album will shed some light on what has been a black hole in the blues universe. It proves that as with other instruments, women are the equal of men on the harmonica. Perhaps this will help them get the attention that has passed them by in the past. I am delighted to have been a part of this project.


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  2. Harmonica Girl Ft. Paula Rangell
  3. Roadmaster Ft. Roxy Perry
  4. Heavy Water Ft. Stacy Jones Band
  5. Down Home Shakedown Ft. Big Mama Thornton
  6. 32-20 Blues - Lynnann Hyde
  7. Down To The Hollow Ft. Trina Hamlin
  8. Stop! Wait A Minute Ft. Tracy K
  9. One More Lie Ft. Teresa "T-Bird" Lynne
  10. Naughty Girl Ft. Octavia
  11. Why You So Mean To Me Ft. Kat Baloun
  12. Ain't Easy Ft. Beth Kohnen
  13. Stuck On You Ft. Jane Gillman
  14. Mechanical Beast Ft. Zola Moon
  15. Please Call Daddy Ft. Mattie Phifer
  16. Sadder Than Sad Ft. Dorothy Jane "DJ" Gosper
  17. Cash Is King Ft. Jenny Kerr
  18. Blues Got Me Ft. Cheryl Arena
  19. Lookin' Good Ft. Annie Raines
  20. He's Gone Ft. Marion Turner
  21. Meet Me Where They Play The Blues Ft. Terry Leonino
  22. Crazy Maisie Ft. Dana Dixon
  23. Everybody's Dancing Ft. Beata Kossowska
  24. Take The Lead Ft. Jill Fromewick
  25. Never Leave Me Home Ft. Diana Redlin
  26. Summertime Ft. Christelle Berthon
  27. Hit The Road Ft. Judy Rudin
  28. Doctor C Ft. Cecilia Loforti
  29. Rikers Island Ft. Maria Coyote
  30. Fast Food Mama Ft. Jackie Merritt
  31. Bring It On Home (To Me) Ft. Big Nancy
  32. Rhonda Alla Blue Ft. Rhonda Rucker
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