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6619 posts
Jan 19, 2020
7:00 PM
I really like the way this guy plays. He knows how to put his own mark on in-the-tradition stuff. Hard to find that place, but he finds it. I'm talking about the harmonica solo starting around 2:04

Beyond the Crossroads: The Devil and the Blues Tradition

Last Edited by kudzurunner on Jan 19, 2020 7:02 PM
Wailing ptarmigan
1 post
Jan 19, 2020
8:10 PM
Couldn't agree more. brings a fresh look to the classic blues. Canadian too! Hoping to see him this spring near Toronto.
2120 posts
Jan 19, 2020
9:58 PM
I like Harpdog's singing and harping (and dress sense). Chatted online a couple of times. He's from my hometown of Edmonton Alberia and I heard a (false) rumor that he went to the same high school around the same time.
Nice handle, wailing ptarmigan!
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6620 posts
Jan 20, 2020
7:25 AM
It's nice to see the word "ptarmigan" get some use. I was a word nerd back in elementary school--the sort of kid who these days shows up at the National Spelling Bee. I remember constructing a crossword puzzle for my fifth grade class that contained the words "ptarmigan," "aardwolf," and....danged if I can remember. Other weird words. I took pride in my ability to spell "antidisestablishmentarianism" out loud, rapid-fire. Later, when my parents gave us the Guinness Book of World Records, I was exposed to floccipaucinihilipilification. Or at least that's how I spelled it--out loud, rapid-fire. I was misspelling it all those years. The first "p" should be an "n." But I was pretty cocky. I thought I could take anybody down. It gave me swag.

In junior high school, I ran into somebody who saw my big words and raised me by tossing in the pot. It was girl.

"I've got that beat," she said. Then she spelled "pneumonomicrosilicovolcaniconiosis." "It means black lung," she said. "It's a miner's disease."
Beyond the Crossroads: The Devil and the Blues Tradition

Last Edited by kudzurunner on Jan 20, 2020 7:27 AM
The Iceman
4003 posts
Jan 20, 2020
10:06 AM
Sometimes a performer just has an "essence" that defines his look, style and performance.

Harpdog's essence, to me at least in this short video, is FUN. Not the best singer/player, but one of the most FUN, and that beats a lot of uber techniques.

Not enough focus on FUN these days, it seems, aside from spelling bees, I guess.
The Iceman
1714 posts
Jan 20, 2020
5:05 PM
He will be playing with Tas Cru in Memphis at IBC week.
584 posts
Jan 20, 2020
8:24 PM
Never heard of him! but i enjoyed the video so much i spent an hour on the Tube catching up.
Iceman has summed it up.
Harpdog is an entertainer and showman and is bloody good at it.
1176 posts
Jan 20, 2020
10:55 PM
My West Coast peeps! Played and jammed with most of these fine folks. Here's a track from a previous Harpdog configuration with guitar phenom Jordi Edmonds,


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Last Edited by bluemoose on Jan 20, 2020 10:59 PM
Wailing ptarmigan
2 posts
Jan 21, 2020
5:49 PM
So the wailing ptarmigan comes from way back I was working iin northern Quebec near the small town of Schefferville. I was out fishing one day and found two harmonicas in the water at the edge of the lake (a Special 20 and a Chromonica) I told my brother about it later on and he asked if I was going to be like Howlin' Wolf - I said maybe a wailing ptarmigan...been our little joke ever since....
6622 posts
Jan 22, 2020
5:37 AM
I was so impressed that I asked Harpdog Brown to be my FB friend and he messaged me back and that got us into a conversation. Yes, he's going to be at the IBC's, and he's hosting a jam on Thursday night, which I'll try to make. Should be fun.

Beyond the Crossroads: The Devil and the Blues Tradition
3633 posts
Jan 22, 2020
9:10 AM
He's an awesome player and a good guy!
Barbeque Bob Maglinte
Boston, MA
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441 posts
Jan 25, 2020
12:42 PM
Harpdog and I go back a ways. I jammed with his band at a small pub in Vancouver in the summer of 1994. We played Back Track and Sloe Gin.

Harpdog sang and played at the Nanaimo Blues Festival in the summer of 2019. I was there. He had a well rehearsed horn band, billed as "Harpdog Brown and the Uptown Blues Band". They sounded great. Tight arrangements.

Here's Harpdog and his band performing "You Don't Have to Go". Only two horns here, but his current band has three. On piano is Dave Webb, a great, tasty player who always plays something that fits:

wolf kristiansen
507 posts
Jan 26, 2020
8:55 AM
He’s got a great style and presentation evoking for me an old time, 1920s jazz influenced feel.
2893 posts
Jan 27, 2020
9:59 AM
Fine player and a nice guy.
1178 posts
Feb 04, 2020
9:33 AM
Just won another Maple Blues Award yesterday, sharing Harmonica Player of the Year with Steve Marriner.


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