I am not alone in saying categorically that Little Walter Jacobs was the greatest of the blues harpmen, a player who moved from the South, made Chicago his home, amplified his instrument and revolutionized the genre.
Here's my portrait:
|Blues With a Feeling|
Graphite on paper
And, so you have a better idea of his style, here he is with the legendary Chicago houserocker Hound Dog Taylor on guitar (watch closely and you'll notice that Hound Dog has six fingers on his fretting hand.)
A legion of blues harp players were influenced by Little Walter. Among them, one of my contemporary favorites, Kim Wilson, front man for the Fabulous Thunderbirds:
Charcoal on paper
Brother Jim's new thriller has readers buzzing . . .
"I found myself not being able to put the book down...it just got better and better." LS, Arizona
"Jim Yeazel knows how to build and sustain suspense." LM, NY