[Harp-L] The Blues Life

Some of the info filtering through about Jason Ricci reminds me of a friend of mine from years back, Cal Newman. Cal Newman is a country blues player from Cardiff, Wales who's been around for decades playing mostly solo acoustic. He's got a voice on the natch like Howlin' Wolf. I played with him many times and performed on his first and I believe only album.

Many years ago word got around that Cal was in hospital having been stabbed repeatedly by an irate husband who had caught him in bed with his wife. A mutual friend and legenday guitarist, Mickey Gee, went to see him in the hospital. There was Cal all bandaged and tubes coming out of everywhere. First thing Mickey says to him, "Cal you got to stop living those songs."

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