Blues legend John Hammond performing here Nov. 9
Student Life - posted on 10/25/2007
A veteran of 40 years of sharing his love for the blues through his music, John Hammond will perform as part of Lakeland College's Krueger Fine Arts Series on Friday, Nov. 9.
Tickets for Hammond's show, set for 7:30 p.m. in the Bradley Fine Arts Building, are $25 for adults and $15 for non-Lakeland students and can be purchased by contacting Deb Fale at (920) 565-1536 or firstname.lastname@example.org
A Grammy Award winner, four-time Grammy nominee and a multiple W.C. Handy award winner, Hammond has played and recorded with some legends of the music industry: Muddy Waters, Willie Dixon, John Lee Hooker, Howlin' Wolf, Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton.
Hammond has recorded over 30 albums, and his passionate commitment to traditional blues made him the natural choice to host the BRAVO TV special and Sony Home Video, "The Search for Robert Johnson," a documentary about the legendary Delta bluesman.
His latest album, "Push Comes To Shove," was released in January of this year to glowing reviews. The disc was produced by longtime Hammond fanatic G Love and features an unprecedented five original songs, along with new renditions of tunes by Little Walter, Junior Wells, Tom Waits and more.
Hammond was part of the beginning of the blues renaissance of the mid-60's, and he does justice to classic blues by combining powerful guitar and harmonica playing with expressive vocals and a dignified stage presence.
The son of the famous Columbia Records talent scout, John Hammond, Sr., he is a veteran of tens of thousands of live performances, but has the ability to bring a freshness to each performance, breathing life into even the oldest of traditional tunes, making every song uniquely his own.
Hammond has had a longstanding friendship with songwriter Tom Waits and in 2001 he released "Wicked Grin," an album entirely of Tom Waits compositions. Waits himself provided guitar work and backing vocals and produced the project.
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