Hill Country Harmonica

Fox Fire Ranch, Waterford, Mississippi

Hill Country Harmonica:
A North Mississippi Blues Harp Homecoming

When: May 21-22, 2011

Where: Foxfire Ranch, 50 miles south of Memphis in rural Waterford, Mississippi

What: a two-day intensive for blues harmonica students (all levels) and their friends, featuring lectures, workshops, jam sessions, and concerts with some of the finest harp masters in the world and THREE living legends of Mississippi blues guitar. Onsite camping! Plenty of home-cooked soul food available.

Who: a world-class lineup of teacher/performers representing the best in traditional and contemporary blues harmonica:

§SUGAR BLUE and his band

§JASON RICCI with the Hill Country All-Stars

§CHARLIE SAYLES with Tony Fazio

§SATAN AND ADAM with STERLING MAGEE on guitar and ADAM GUSSOW on harp (featuring a special "sundown at the crossroads" meetup outside Oxford, Mississippi on Friday, May 20th AND the release of a new Satan & Adam album, FEEL THE HEAT. Come celebrate Mr. Satan's 75th birthday in a once-in-a-lifetime setting!

§SONNY BOY TERRY and his Houston-based blues band

§JIMI LEE (Austin's rack-harp virtuoso...singer/songwriter/guitarist/bluesman), showcasing his "GrooveTrax" with a lecture entitled "Every Groove a Bluesman Needs to Know."

§DEAK HARP (James Cotton's protege)

§BRANDON BAILEY (teen phenom with his loop-based "Memphis Grooves")

§BILL "HOWL-N-MADD" PERRY (Hill Country bluesman extraordinaire!)

§SHINE TURNER (Delta guitar-man, formerly with drummer Sam Carr)

Plus two special sessions:

§Greg Heumann (BlowsMeAway harp mic guy): "Everything You Wanted to Know About Mics, Amps, and Amplified Tone"

§Wayne Snyder (Gussow YouTube tabbing expert): "Can I Get a Bend With That? Creating Your Own Blues Harmonica Tabs"

Hours: 10 AM - 12 midnight Saturday; 10 AM - 12 midnight Sunday plus optional "sundown at the crossroads" on Friday.

Cost: $165. $50 for a non-playing spouse, partner, or friend. Kids 12 and under free!

Housing: In addition to on-site camping ($10/night), cabins and campsites with full hookups are available at Wall Doxey State Park (4 miles away). Motel rooms are available in Holly Springs (10 miles away).

Extras: Horse rides available (30 min. for only $8)......Free bottomless coffee and OJ on Sunday morning......Cold beer and wine for sale all day Saturday/Sunday.....No charge to bring your own coolers!

Don't forget the Hill Country Jam at Rooster's Blues House in Oxford, Mississippi on Friday, May 20th, hosted by Deak Harp!

For more information, please email Adam Gussow:

Age limit: 18+ or w/adult