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kudzurunner
6547 posts
Jan 30, 2019
12:43 PM
Here we go. HCH 2019 is a go.

Bobby Rush headlining. Plus.....

Jason Ricci
Phil Wiggins
Annie Raines
Todd Parrott
Aki Akarsha Kumar
Damion Pearson
Adam Gussow (w/The Blues Doctors)

This is a dream lineup of blues harmonica teaching and performing excellence. I can't thank Annette Hollowell enough for taking the event in hand and taking it to the next level.

I'll see you at Foxfire Ranch in May.

Here's the homepage. Register now!

HCH 2019

Annette Hollowell, daughter of Bill and Annnie Hollowell, owners of Foxfire Ranch, has announced the event as follows. (This captures the heart & soul of the event, one I've never been able to envision anywhere BUT Foxfire Ranch.)


[Annette Hollowell]:
This is an invitation. These last few years has been a process of surrendering to my ancestors call that whatever I want to do out in the world can start right in the red clay of North Mississippi, on the land they procured 100 years ago. With their guidance I am clear in my commitment to creating spaces for rest, retreat, healing, deep learning, connection and celebration. That said, I'm excited to take the reins this year, along with my favorite Logistics Diva Alexis Draper, in planning the 5th iteration of Hill Country Harmonica, founded by our friends Adam Gussow and Jeff Silverman in 2010 and hosted at Foxfire since its inception.

This year we're announcing a world-class line up of harmonica teachers and performers! You'll have an opportunity to sit at the knee of Grammy Award winning blues legend Bobby Rush, along with Jason Ricci, Phil Wiggins, Annie Raines, Todd Parrott, Adam Gussow, Aki Kumar and Damion Pearson.

This year Foxfire Ranch is also celebrating 100 years of Black land ownership in North Mississippi! What better way to honor that legacy than holding court with performers representing the best in traditional and contemporary blues harmonica. Join us for 4 days of top notch instruction, and amazing concerts and jam sessions every night. Hot damn this is going to be a funky good time!

Be sure to check out www.hillcountryharmonica.com to register. Early bird registration is only $250 before April 1st. For those who just want to come out for the evening shows, mark your calendars and stay tuned, we've got something in store for you too.

I invite you to share about HCH widely, ask questions, put it on your calendar and make that pilgrimage to the North Mississippi Hill Country. Whether you are coming to learn the harp, or are just excited about the amazing music and jam sessions every evening, I hope that you'll make the trip!

#HillCountryHarmonica2019 #ModernBluesHarmonica #SPAH Visit Mississippi #visitoxford #HillCountryBlues #FoxfireRanch #HillCountryCulture #FoxfireRanch100Years Hohner Music BlowsMeAway Productions Bobby Rush Jason Ricci Harmonica Fan Club Todd Parrott Annie Raines Aki Kumar Damion Pearson Memphissippi Sounds


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harpnwillys
39 posts
Jan 30, 2019
3:24 PM
Aki Kumar is the one I was hoping for. I will be there. Thank you Adam for bring Aki & the rest of the line up. Tom

Last Edited by harpnwillys on Jan 30, 2019 4:34 PM
florida-trader
1416 posts
Jan 30, 2019
4:27 PM
This is awesome! Congratulations Adam on putting together an All World line up.

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Littoral
1661 posts
Jan 31, 2019
6:16 AM
Yikes. Kudzu Pusherman.
kudzurunner
6548 posts
Jan 31, 2019
8:18 AM
??

Not following your drift.

Unless you're suggesting that HCH is an addictive drug. In which case: yep.


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Littoral
1662 posts
Jan 31, 2019
8:33 AM
Riddle solved. Yes, addictive. I'm often too cryptic but I thought that one was pretty easy.
groyster1
3318 posts
Jan 31, 2019
4:06 PM
glad its back...…...cabin already reserved at wall doxey state park......hope my duck friend is still there!!!!!
snowman
400 posts
Jan 31, 2019
8:29 PM
just signed up ya hoo---gonna camp I guess---Food??? where ???
KingoBad
1726 posts
Jan 31, 2019
8:47 PM
Snowman, it is all there....you will not want for food...just bring cash. Maybe some stretchy pants.

I am crushed that I might not be able to go this year. I hope the stars align for me...I haven't missed one yet.

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Danny
florida-trader
1417 posts
Feb 02, 2019
4:59 AM
The food is wonderful.
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Tom Halchak
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agarner
41 posts
Feb 02, 2019
5:48 AM
Attending this event is a dream of mine for sure. In no other world do the greatest players become so accessible. It is what sets the harmonica world apart.

And the food!!! I live in the Northeast... what I would do for a big plate of BBQ and soul food.
jbone
2829 posts
Feb 02, 2019
6:17 AM
I wish. I will be working to restore our savings after getting very low to get back on the road full time. One of these years....
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snowman
402 posts
Feb 05, 2019
12:10 PM
Well Im committed now---Booked flight----resv car rental [cuz its just a little more than taxi] im a memeber of uber but uber ignorant ---also if it rains, I can put stuff in car
Gonna put tent and sleep bag in luggage I guess

Didnt want to rent car added expense may still try figure out how to get to ranch via another participant
still in the air
Gonna bring guitar and customized harp rack that I jurry rigged and lov it STRONG--good angle for playing
any way hopefully we can get some side jams everything from stndrd blues to Neil young to Mr Magic- to summertime--cissy strut--put it where u want it-- please dont let me be mis understood---Nothin to nobody Robben ford---I shot the sheriff, more rhumba style than reggae--work song I switched to Gm [bcuz i can and its easier on my arthritic fingers] some of these I use 'nat minor' tunings --so if u want to hear the difference between 3rd pos vs nat minor vs standard tuning u can [nat minor easier on rack for me]

--I do "Feelin alright" with a Cm7 as apposed to C7-cuz 40 years ago I learned it wrong and got use to it-- I also sing better high --so bumped it up a 1/2 step to Cm------THE FUN THING IS THE SONG QUICKLY AND SMOOTHLY GOES INTO MR MAGIC ON LEAD--THEN BACK TO FEELIN ALRIGHT- I use nat minor harp u can use Bb 3rd or C [avoid draw 3 and draw 7]
But for any one curious as to whether they wan to try alternate tunings --lets hook up
I have 250 songs in my tablet-yr welcome to look at

I also use a couple Mel makers on Georgia---whats goin on by Marvin gaye etc

I hope to spend some time with customizers gapping, de arcing --embossing etc and how to use 6ob in blues and 7od etc
I CANT WAIT---WHEN IT COMES TO LEARNING, IM A SPONGE --KEEPS U FROM STAGNATING AND LIVING IN THE PAST
groyster1
3319 posts
Feb 05, 2019
4:18 PM
you are miles above me snowman.....I just play 2nd and 3rd position...….but I play from the depths of my soul
SuperBee
5809 posts
Feb 05, 2019
11:55 PM
Jealous. I just dropped about $4G on fares to Bangkok..that’s the price I have to pay for doing my dream trip last year...I hope to get back to USA in 2020, (and also hoping our $ doesn’t drop too much more against the USD! The forecast is kinda dire..)
indigo
549 posts
Feb 06, 2019
1:42 PM
Hey 'Bee I have permission from the family financial manager to go next year.(she doesn't fancy it).
An Aussie and a Kiwi this event is becoming international!
SuperBee
5810 posts
Feb 07, 2019
2:48 AM
Indigo, that will be fantastic. I really hope we can make that happen; I’m not taking for granted that there will be a 2020 HCH but if not i still want to get back over that way.
indigo
550 posts
Feb 07, 2019
3:12 PM
Yeah me too. Last year we had a few days in New Orleans and then drove up to memphis.Stopped in at Clarksdale for two nights but unfortunately we chose the wrong time to do so.Town was shut except for one bar where I at least i got to hear Deak.
The next week there was a blues 'fest on!
Goddamm.
Enjoyed it all though
groyster1
3320 posts
Feb 07, 2019
4:58 PM
don't no much about bobby rush except what Ive seen on youtube but I know about todd parrott,jason ricci,annie raines and blues doctors and phil wiggins………..this lineup cannot be excelled
BAG
161 posts
Feb 13, 2019
6:54 PM
I'll be there. Retiring in March so I can drive down and camp.
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kudzurunner
6549 posts
Feb 14, 2019
10:27 AM
Bobby is one of the best solo harp-on-the-mic + vocals guys on the planet. He defines "old school."

Bobby Rush playing solo


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BAG
162 posts
Mar 17, 2019
6:22 PM
I registered today! See you down there in May.
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ridge
758 posts
Apr 02, 2019
4:47 AM
Booked my registration last night. I'm excited to return to Foxfire after all these years away and see some old friends and make some new ones.

Kudzu, can you clarify on the basic schedule? Is the 16th a kickoff evening as it has been in the past?

-Dan

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kudzurunner
6555 posts
Apr 02, 2019
10:43 AM
Hi Ridge (and all):

My participation this year consists almost exclusively of teaching, performing, and hanging out, in addition to the role I played coming up with a dream team of teacher/performers. I have nothing to do with planning the schedule or wrangling the teachers. (I voluntarily gave up this power, I should note--and am glad to have given up the burden that goes with it.) Annette Hollowell is in charge of the former, and is being assisted by Todd Parrot, who is in charge of the latter.

Please feel free to email Annette directly for more information about the schedule: annette.hollowell (at) gmail (dot) com

Edited to add: I had the wrong name and email! It's Annette, not Annie. Annette is the daughter; Annie is the mother. My bad. I was moving too fast.


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Last Edited by kudzurunner on Apr 02, 2019 3:37 PM
groyster1
3336 posts
Apr 02, 2019
12:48 PM
Im glad that you have been relieved of stressful duties but annie is quite up to the task Im sure
kudzurunner
6558 posts
Apr 03, 2019
6:51 PM
Here's a new video promo for the event.

Hill Country Harmonica 2019


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BAG
163 posts
Apr 22, 2019
5:19 PM
I registered March 22nd and haven't received any acknowledgment or response from 2 previous e-mails. Should I be concerned?
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atty1chgo
1340 posts
Apr 23, 2019
5:17 AM
I found an Air BNB room in Oxford at a SUPER inexpensive rate very close to campus. A clean and beautiful room at a Superhost home. I couldn't be happier. And all because the Quality Inn was sold out. Such luck! Flight, car rental, and registration up next.

I'll be taking video again, with a repaired HD camera and a new tripod. I'll be posting video from last year as time permits. Better late than never, I'll try to be more prompt this year.

If anyone from last year wants last year's videos, please let me know.

And if you bring an external hard drive, I can download videos from either last year's HCH, or this year's performances (before I retire in the evening). Please let me know.

Is anything going on Wednesday night anywhere? Please advise.

Last Edited by atty1chgo on Apr 23, 2019 5:18 AM
Cotton
112 posts
Apr 23, 2019
9:01 AM
All signed up. Have a cabin at the State Park. Will be in Clarkesdale before the event. Monday and Tues at the Shacks and Wed at the Riverside. Always look forward to my visits.
kudzurunner
6565 posts
Apr 23, 2019
9:29 AM
Hi Bag:

Please email me (asgussow at aol dot com) with the details of your registration (date, method of payment) and the fact that you've received no confirmation and I'll forward it directly to Annette Hollowell.


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Cotton
113 posts
Apr 23, 2019
11:16 AM
No confirmation or messages for me as well- I have a Paypal receipt so I am not worried. It would be nice to have some sort of schedule posted on the website. When to show up----that sort of thing.
SuperBee
5899 posts
Apr 23, 2019
2:24 PM
Atty1chgo, I’d love to get last year’s videos.
Thanks for the generous offer
My email is linked to my username
BAG
164 posts
Apr 24, 2019
10:11 AM
Thanks Adam. Just sent you an e-mail ~ Marty
BAG
165 posts
Apr 25, 2019
8:36 AM
I received a wonderful phone call from Annette Hollowell last night and am more enthusiastic than ever about the upcoming HCH. More information will be coming out shortly about the agenda and such, but I'm now convinced that this will be one of the Best HCH's ever. Looking forward to seeing everybody!
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snowman
445 posts
Apr 28, 2019
9:36 PM
Think im all set --car rentals --air fare --parking etc Ya!!!!!

Will have rental car and be going to camp area Wed after 6 pm at memphis airport ----Need a ride talk to me
BAG
170 posts
Apr 29, 2019
5:45 PM
The HCH complete schedule is now available at the HCH website:

https://www.hillcountryharmonica.com/home.html

Looks great! Hope to see folks there.
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hooktool
192 posts
Apr 29, 2019
8:38 PM
I'm signed up again-had to wait until some things cleared up. Try and put your MBH username on your nametag-makes it easier to connect. Its hard to talk to everyone and its nice to put a name and face together.

I'm thinking of bringing some harps etc I would like to trade/sell or whatever. Don;t know how to connect with people for that, though I did ask if they could have a small bulletin board for ridesharing, rooms, gear for sale/trade, but don't know if they will do it.

See y'all there!

John
groyster1
3355 posts
Apr 30, 2019
7:37 AM
the schedule makes no mention of topics for classes,only beginner,intermediate and intermediate/advanced
BAG
173 posts
May 13, 2019
9:10 PM
Can't wait to get there. Leaving the Tundra tomorrow morning driving South. Looking forward to meeting folks. I'll be the one in the little tent with the RAV4. White chin hair growing since retirement 6 weeks ago.
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KingoBad
1734 posts
May 13, 2019
9:21 PM
Have fun guys! This will be the first one I have missed. My daughter had surgery and I just can't make it. Make sure you guys stay up late and make some music. All but the hardcore wussied out last year.

I believe this could be the best one yet. Sucks to be me....

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Danny
hooktool
196 posts
May 13, 2019
10:51 PM
I'll miss seeing you Danny. Hope your daughter is doing well.

We'll take pictures for you.

Joh
SuperBee
5958 posts
May 13, 2019
10:52 PM
I am getting all the “1 year ago” memories. Hoping there will be another event next year. And that the Au$$ie doesn’t sink much further in the meantime.
I hope you all have a great time; not sure how you could do otherwise.
I’m kinda jealous of that list of session leaders you have.
Moon Cat
779 posts
May 14, 2019
3:09 PM
Gonna be a GREAT time!
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The Iceman
3847 posts
May 15, 2019
10:03 AM
Having been "intimately" involved with Harmonica Conventions/Gatherings since the 90's, and having taken a hiatus for many years (until Todd's NC Fest), I have a question...

When I first got involved, I noticed what I called "The White Hair Crowd" into Chrom/Chord/Bass, etc, were the majority with the new young "long hair" crowd entering the scene with the diatonic.

Now I'm noticing "The White Hair Crowd", albeit more involved in the diatonic at these events, with a dwindling number of "long hair" or younger folks to even out the mix.

Without attracting the new/younger folk - even to these events featuring (gasp) diatonic harmonica, won't this eventually die out as us White Hairs (or balds) die off?

Is Hill Country attracting newer/younger folk? Is this included as part of the planning strategy? or is it mostly the white hair/bald folk now?

Sounds like a fun event (for us White Hairs) in any case...
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Gnarly
2660 posts
May 15, 2019
1:16 PM
Well, Aki is a youngster--I recently chatted with him at the Gator by the Bay festival here in San Diego, we were both working. I mentioned SPAH in August and he said he would be in Mississippi--I have to admit, I didn't automatically think "Hill Country" . . .
groyster1
3361 posts
May 15, 2019
4:09 PM
any campers have second thoughts about camping......cabin at wall doxey cabin......message me
ridge
760 posts
May 15, 2019
5:16 PM
Iceman,

It's a good question. A lot of these events aren't in and of themselves expensive, but when you factor in travel, lodging, transport it becomes prohibitive for the younger crowd to attend without sponsorships/scholarships (SPAH) or have support from family to send them.

If you have young children, being away for several days may not even be possible.

I don't consider myself young anymore, but being in my 30's still puts me on the younger side of the demographic. Back in 2010-2012 we had a decent amount of younger attendees at HCH (Brandon Bailey, Connor Frontera, Jake Friel, Mike Street, Andrew Ali, Liam Ward, Alex Paclin, and probably some others I can't recollect right now).

The skew on the cost of event versus the cost of getting and staying for the event is totally disproportionate. At under $300, this event is completely worth it, but then you spend roughly 3X that much to get there/stay there it becomes a significant financial commitment.
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SuperBee
5961 posts
May 15, 2019
5:23 PM
Iceman, at least last year there was a deliberate effort to have younger people involved in the organisation and presentation. Plenty of middle aged people were present of course, but there was a significant minority of more youthful people.
Of course the older I get, the younger everyone seems, so I might be seeing 40 year olds as ‘youthful’...whippersnappers...
groyster1
3363 posts
May 20, 2019
1:59 PM
there was youth @HCH2019......keep the blues alive.....Damion pearson from Memphis.....plays harp,guitar and keyboards and sings......and his classes were awesome.....hes a music teacher by trade


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