In this Harmonica Heroes post we are featuring the album Harp Attack.
The album features 4 brilliant harp masters: Junior Wells, James Cotton, Carey Bell and Billy Branch who perform 11 songs in 50 minutes of nothing but the best of harp drenched blues.
The playing on this album is simply top notch. From Cotton’s ferocious, high energy playing to Wells’ soulful blues wailing, each and every song covers blues harp playing at its best.
As if the harp playing on these recordings weren’t enough, the album also features an all star backing band featuring Lucky Peterson (“Double Dealin'”) on piano, Michael Coleman (“Do Your Thing!”) on guitar, Johnny B. Gayden on bass, and Ray “Killer” Allison on drums. All of these cats were major players on the blues scene and have played with the likes of Johnny Winter, Son Seal, Buddy Guy and Don Griffin.
You can feel the energy on this album and it is obvious the joy that these guys felt from playing together.
Quite simply put, if you like the blues harp, then you have got to get this album!
Check out Junior Wells, James Cotton, Carey Bell and Billy Branch on “Down Home Blues” below: