Hammond blues sandwich
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