Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Adam Gussow, blues harmonica master and author, to visit FLCC

Blues harmonica player, educator and memoirist Adam Gussow will bring his distinctive musical style to Finger Lakes Community College on Friday, Sept. 30. Gussow will share excerpts from his books, including “Mister Satan's Apprentice: A Blues Memoir, and entertain with his unique one-man band. 
The event will begin at 7 p.m. at the FLCC Honors House, 4340 Lakeshore Drive, at the corner of Lakeshore Drive and Routes 5 and 20. The event is free and open to the public. Reservations are requested in order to ensure a seat. Contact Curt Nehring Bliss at (585) 785-1367 or 
According to American Harmonica Newsletter, Gussow's playing is characterized by "technical mastery and innovative brilliance that comes along once in a generation."
Gussow is best known for his long partnership with Mississippi-born guitarist and one-man-band Sterling "Mr. Satan" Magee as the duo Satan and Adam. After working the streets of Harlem from 1986 to 1991, the duo toured internationally between 1991 and 1998. 
The Chicago Blues Festival, the Newport Jazz Festival and the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival are just a few of the many festivals Gussow and Magee played, along with hundreds of club gigs. The pair also toured with Bo Diddley and opened for Buddy Guy, Otis Clay, Jimmy Thackery and many others. 
In the 1990s Gussow and Magee released three albums together. “Word on the Street” (2008) and “Back in the Game” (2011) are their most recent albums on the Modern Blues Harmonica label.
In addition to his career with Magee, Gussow has worked in duo, band and studio settings with guitarists Charlie Hilbert, Irving Louis Lattin, Robert Ross and others. He released two albums with Hilbert on the Modern Blues Harmonica label, “Blues Classics” (2007) and “Live in Klingenthal” (2008). 
Gussow's new solo album, “Kick and Stomp” (2010), spent many weeks at No. 1 under Hot New Releases in the acoustic blues category at Amazon’s MP3 Store.  It also received extensive airplay on Bluesville (XM/Sirius), America's premier satellite radio blues show, and rose to No. 2 in the "picks to click" category.
Gussow is known to harmonica students around the world as a result of his "dirty-South blues harp channel" on YouTube and his pioneering offerings in the field of digital-download video tutorials at his Web site,
An award-winning scholar and memoirist, Gussow is the author of three blues-themed books: “Mister Satan's Apprentice: A Blues Memoir” (1998; reissued in 2009), “Seems Like Murder Here: Southern Violence and the Blues Tradition” (2002), and “Journeyman's Road: Modern Blues Lives from Faulkner's Mississippi to Post-9/11 New York” (2007). 
Gussow is also an associate professor of English and southern studies at the University of Mississippi with a specialty in blues literature and culture.
For more information, contact Curt Nehring Bliss, Honors House director, at (585) 785-1367 or  Visit the Honors House on Facebook at

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