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Saturday, July 27, 2013

Take You Downtown - The Blues Doctors

Adam Gussow and Alan Gross, a.k.a. The Blues Doctors, are Mississippi-based blues veterans who play a mix of down-home Delta standards and urban grooves from the Texas-to-Chicago axis with some New Orleans funk thrown in. They're a two-man band with a full-on sound: Gussow on harmonica and drumset, Gross on guitar, with both men sharing vocal duties. Adam Gussow needs no introduction to fans of the blues. Founder of, organizer of the Hill Country Harmonica teaching festival, Gussow is best known for his twenty-five year partnership with Mississippi-born guitarist and one-man-band Sterling "Mr. Satan" Magee as the duo Satan and Adam. Their releases include the W. C. Handy-nominated Harlem Blues (1991), Mother Mojo (1993), Living on the River (1996) and Back in the Game (2011). Gussow has performed and recorded with many guitar-men during his career, including Wild Jimmy Spruill, Larry Johnson, Charlie Hilbert, Robert Ross, Andrew "Shine" Turner, Bill Sims, Jr., Irving Louis Lattin, and Brian Kramer. In recent years Gussow has reinvented himself as a one-man band--singing, blowing amplified harp, and stomping out some thump-and-metal grooves. Gussow's debut solo album, Kick and Stomp (2010), spent many weeks at #1 in the "Hot New Releases in Acoustic Blues" chart at Amazon mp3's and rose to the #2 position in the "picks to click" category on Bluesville (SiriusXM), America's premier satellite radio blues show. His second solo album, Southbound (2011), spent most of March and April 2012 at the #1 position on the Mississippi Roots Rado Airplay Chart. An associate professor of English and Southern Studies at the University of Mississippi, Gussow has written three award-winning books about blues literature and culture, including Mister Satan's Apprentice (1998), a memoir about his time as a Harlem street musician. Alan Gross is best-known for his long association with Mississippi bluesman Terry "Harmonica" Bean--he's played guitar in his band for a decade--and work with hill country performers Kenny Kimbrough, Lightning Malcolm, and Eric Deaton. He's also gigged with R. L. Boyce, a mainstay of Otha Turner's Rising Star Fife and Drum ensemble, and played numerous festivals across the state of Mississippi. A professor of clinical psychology at the University of Mississippi, his guitar influences include Muddy Waters, Duke Robillard, Jimmie Vaughan, and Warren Haynes.

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