In an interview with Holger Petersen for CBC’s Saturday Night Blues, Billy Boy Arnold said, “There’s only four guys that’s responsible for the way blues is played in the world today. And I’ll tell you who: John Lee ‘Sonny Boy’ Williamson, Aaron ‘T-Bone’ Walker, Marion ‘Little Walter’ Jacob and Riley ‘B.B.’ King.”
On May 14, Blind Pig Records releases Remembering Little Walter, a tribute album to the Chicago blues harmonica player, featuring some of the best in the business. Billy Boy Arnold, Charlie Musselwhite, Sugar Ray Norcia, James Harman and Mark Hummel have come together to give the hamonica genius’s name a well deserved boost.
AUDIO Listen to the full album stream of Remembering Little Walter until May 21.
West Coast harp master Hummel is the leader of this live concert recording. Since 1991, Hummel has been promoting an ongoing series of reviews dubbed the Blues Harmonica Blowout. The Blowout that resulted in Remembering Little Walter happened on Dec. 6, 2012, at Anthology in San Diego.
Sonny Boy Williamson is often noted as the harmonica player who brought the instrument to prominence in blues. However, it was Little Walter who many claim took the harp to a whole new level. As Hummel notes on the Blind Pig site, "Walter changed all the rules and raised the bar so high that nobody has yet surpassed him either in innovation or technical prowess.”