About Mark Hummel with Corky Siegel and Billy Boy Arnold
A series started by Mark Hummel in 1991, the Blues Harmonica Blowout has become an international event, having played many notable blues festivals in the United States, Canada and Europe. The list of participants over the last 22 years is a Who’s Who of Blues Harp History, and every installment is an exciting collection of talent.
The past two decades have seen the emergence of young harmonica-led blues bands. In California, groups that draw their inspiration from the Chicago school but add elements of jump blues and rock ‘n’ roll into the mix have come up with an exciting new style of West Coast blues. In Oakland, the northern capital of California blues, resides the incredibly powerful harmonica player and vocalist Mark Hummel, who has been a major force in shaping and defining this musical genre.
Mark Hummel is a road warrior – a true Blues Survivor. Along the way, he has crafted his own trademark harmonica sound – a subtle combination of tone, phrasing and attack combined with a strong sense of swing. Mark’s albums, constant touring and appearances at the major blues festivals have firmly established his solid reputation around the US and Europe.
Corky Siegel has earned an international reputation as one of the world’s great blues harmonica masters. At a young age he joined the renowned Siegel-Schwall Band that toured the major rock palaces and clubs in the 1960′s and 70′s. With this band he shared the stage with blues masters Little Walter, Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf. Based in Chicago, Siegel has enjoyed a successful career as a composer and blues pianist as well as his harmonica playing.
“There’s a fine line between a genius and a madman – and Corky walks it.” - Joe Nardome’s Gallery of Sound
Billy Boy Arnold is a contemporary of James Cotton and Junior Wells. Arnold got his start with Ellis McDaniels in Chicago in 1955, where together they created the “Bo Diddley” sound at Chess Records. Billy Boy learned harp at the feet of the legendary John Lee “Sonny Boy” Williamson when Billy was just 12 yrs. old. Billy went on to record singles for VeeJay like “Wish You Would”, “Ain’t Got You” and “You Got Me Wrong” with an allstar band made up of Jody Williams, Otis Spann and Syl Johnson.
“Arnold’s musicianship authenticates his place among the great blues harmonica players in history.” - Blues Revue
What Other People Have Been Saying...
“Mark Hummel is a harmonica God” – Blues Review Magazine
“Mark Hummel has grown into one of the most formidable blues harmonica blowers on the planet. He also carries one of the tightest combos on the road.” – San Francisco Bay Guardian