Ham­mond blues sand­wich

Pasatiempo - - Mixed Media -

Singer/gui­tarist/blues harpist John Ham­mond has al­ways been a rest­less, worldly sort, and in 2010, he shows no signs of slow­ing down. Con­sider his Grammy Award win (and nu­mer­ous nom­i­na­tions), Blues Mu­sic Award grabs, and the im­pres­sive ros­ter of great mu­si­cians he’s worked with over the years (TomWaits, Howlin’Wolf, Mud­dyWaters, John Lee Hooker, and G. Love from G. Love & Spe­cial Sauce among them), and it’s easy to see why he’s gar­nered such a de­voted, multi­gen­er­a­tional fan base.

But Ham­mond, who also re­port­edly holds the unique dis­tinc­tion of once hav­ing Eric Clap­ton and Jimi Hen­drix in his band at the same time (OK, it was for less than a week, but still), isn’t de­fined by the peo­ple he sur­rounds him­self with. More than 30 al­bums recorded since 1964’s Big City Blues (Van­guard Records) make him a leg­end in his own right as a driv­ing force both in the first-wave blues re­vival of the ’60s and as a ma­jor player in the preser­va­tion of clas­sic blues’ sto­ried legacy. Ham­mond per­forms in sup­port of his new­est al­bum, Rough and Tough (Ch­esky Records), at 7:30 p.m. on Wed­nes­day, Jan. 27, at the Santa Fe Brew­ing Com­pany (37 Fire Place, 424-3333). Tick­ets are $20 in ad­vance at the Len­sic Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter (211W. San Fran­cisco St., 988-1234, tick­etssantafe.org) and $25 at the door.

Harp to heart: John Ham­mond

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