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click THIS LINK for Roosters Happy Hour, the debut album from 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.
In November 2013, the Blues Doctors released Roosters Happy Hour, their debut album as a duo. It includes blues standards such as "Next Time You See Me," "Rock Me," "Pride and Joy," and "Sweet Home Chicago," jazz and R&B favorites such as "Sugar," "Put It Where You Want It," and "Don't Get Around Much Anymore," and a handful of originals by Gussow, including a funky chromatic harp workout, "Staten Island Hurricane Blues," and the Hooker-style boogie, "I Need Your Love." The album spent many weeks in the #1 position on Amazon's "Hot New Releases oin Acoustic Blues" chart and hit #10 on the Living Blues national radio airplay chart.
Adam Gussow needs no introduction to blues harmonica fans. Founder of ModernBluesHarmonica.com, organizer of the Hill Country Harmonica 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), Word On the Street: Harlem Recordings, 1989 (2008), 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. 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 with a specialty in the blues tradition, 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.
Since their founding in 2012, The Blues Doctors have played many festivals, clubs, farmer's markets, street fairs, and other venues, including the Tall City Blues Festival (Midland TX, 2014), the Greenwood Blues Cruise (Greenwood SC, 2014), the Great Delta Bear Affair (Rolling Fork MS, 2014), the Juke Joint Festival (Clarksdale MS, 2014), the Oxford Blues Festival (Oxford MS, 2014), the Clemson Blues Festival (Clemson SC, 2013), Sharde Thomas's picnic (Como MS), plus Rooster's Blues House (Oxford MS), Murky Waters (Gulfport MS), Daddy Joe's BBQ (Gaffney, SC), Blue Canoe (Tupelo MS), The Blind Pig Pub (Oxford MS), The North Side Tavern (Atlanta GA), The Reed-Reeves Arboretum (Summit NJ), The Reserve at Lake Keowee (Keowee SC), Teddy's Juke Joint (Zachary LA), American Farmhouse (Baton Rouge LA), Hideaway Saloon (Louisville KY), Apollo Maennerchor Club (Sharon PA), Hambone Gallery (Clarksdale MS).......
§for Mississippi bookings, please contact Adam: firstname.lastname@example.org
§for all other bookings, worldwide, please contact Jeff Todd at Old Dog's Records: jtbblues (at) gmail (dot) com, or by phone: 407-408-5829
If you'd like to catch The Blues Doctors in a live performance, here's Adam's complete gig list: gig list