Blues Harp Women


Blues Harp Women

Product no.: RUF 1222
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Release Date: 04 December 2015

Big Mama Thornton is responsible for this album. I played one of her tracks on my radio show, heard a nice harmonica solo and checked the liner notes to see who it was. It was Big Mama! It was the first time I recall hearing a woman playing blues harp and it set the wheels turning in my head. I started wondering if there were other women who played the harmonica and why they are virtually unknown. I began searching. Eventually I found others, then more. I was inspired to create a website. As I was discussing it with a friend, he mispronounced harmonica as “hermonica”. “That’s it!” I shouted. “That’s the name for the website!”
So hermonicas.com was born and became what Adam Gussow called “the definitive site on women harmonica players.” We discovered and contacted almost 200 players around the world. There was some discussion on putting an album together. As far as we know, it had never been done before. A label-owning friend suggested I try Ruf Records and (bless his heart) Tom Ruf agreed to back the project.
It has taken a few years and numerous obstacles to overcome, (working with 30-plus artists can get very complicated) but finally the album is finished and is about to become a unique part of music history; the very first women’s blues harmonica compilation album ever made!
I hope this album will shed some light on what has been a black hole in the blues universe. It proves that as with other instruments, women are the equal of men on the harmonica. Perhaps this will help them get the attention that has passed them by in the past. I am delighted to have been a part of this project.

Norman Davis Producer/host: The Juke Joint (Facebook) and Midnight Flyer (midnightflyerblues.com)

Tracklist

 

CD 1

   

001

Harmonica Girl

Paula Rangell

00:04:25

002

Roadmaster

Roxy Perry

00:04:16

003

Heavy Water

Stacy Jones Band

00:05:45

004

Down Home Shakedown

Big Mama Thornton

00:03:33

005

32-20 Blues

Lynnann Hyde

00:04:45

006

Down To The Hollow

Trina Hamlin

00:04:26

007

Stop! Wait A Minute

Tracy K

00:03:33

008

One More Lie

Teresa "T-Bird" Lynne

00:05:08

009

Naughty Girl

Octavia

00:04:39

010

Why You So Mean To Me

Kat Baloun

00:04:50

011

Ain't Easy

Beth Kohnen

00:03:20

012

Stuck On You

Jane Gillman

00:02:48

013

Mechanical Beast

Zola Moon

00:04:07

014

Please Call Daddy

Mattie Phifer

00:05:17

015

Sadder Than Sad

Dorothy Jane "DJ" Gosper

00:08:51

       

CD 2

   

001

Cash Is King

Jenny Kerr

00:03:35

002

Blues Got Me

Cheryl Arena

00:06:25

003

Lookin' Good

Annie Raines

00:07:33

004

He's Gone

Marion Turner

00:03:18

005

Meet Me Where They Play The Blues

Terry Leonino

00:03:58

006

Crazy Maisie

Dana Dixon

00:04:28

007

Everbody's Dancing

Beata Kossowska

00:03:02

008

Take The Lead

Jill Fromewick

00:03:26

009

Never Leave Me Home

Diana Redlin

00:03:07

010

Summertime

Christelle Berthon

00:04:26

011

Hit The Road

Judy Rudin

00:04:22

012

Doctor C

Cecilia Loforti

00:04:02

013

Rikers Island

Maria Coyote

00:03:35

014

Fast Food Mama

Jackie Merritt

00:02:50

015

Bring It On Home (To Me)

Big Nancy

00:03:29

016

Rhonda Alla Blue

Rhonda Rucker

00:03:13

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