Thank You Pete,
This was nice to read and terrific to spend some time on harp-l talking
about such a monumental Blues Figure from the sixties that never got
There is much to be learned from listening to to Alan's work and I own
all those LP's and always enjoyed playing along as I was coming up on
years ago on the harp.
My favorite Owl song I loved to play on gigs years ago was
"Parthenogenesis"...like Butterfield & Musselwhite, Owl was always
looking for ways to present a classic art form in some new 'wrappings'
for a Rock Generation to listen to...it worked!
That is why Muddy & Hooker had tremendous respect for these men who
carried the torch to keep the Blues alive for the next generation
Long Live his Music and Spirit,
----- Original Message ----- From: <the_jukester@xxxxxxxx>
Sent: Wednesday, December 15, 2010 11:41 PM
Subject: [Harp-L] Alan Wilson
There have been few references to Alan "Blind Owl" Wilson's harp
playing in recent postings, so I thought I would take this opportunity
to reintroduce his legacy to the forum. While not as much of a household
name as Paul Butterfield, Rod Piazza, or other younger players who first
came to prominence in the "blues revival" days of the Sixties, Alan was
one of the most soulful harp players of this era. In addition to having
great tone, a wide vocabulary of licks, and extraordinary arranging
ability, he was also an accomplished guitarist and piano player. A real
scholar of the blues, he was extremely knowledgeable about a musical
form that was unknown to most people of his age and cultural background.
When interviewed by Pete Welding for Down Beat magazine in the late
Sixties, he proved to be extremely well versed in the historical
development of the blues and the range of styles by the artists who
performed it, dating back to the earliest days of blues
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