John Hammond / Tad Walters
July 19, 2017 · Wednesday * 7:30pm * $35 Seated/$30 Standing
Tad Walters will open for John Hammond.
“John’s sound is so compelling, complete, symmetrical and soulful with just his voice, guitar and harmonica, it is at first impossible to imagine improving it… He’s a great force of nature. John sounds like a big train coming. He chops them all down.”
“John Hammond is a master… He is a virtuoso. A Conjurer… A Modernist… John is in a very small circle of men with a guitar and a harmonica. Jimmy Reed, Howlin’ Wolf, Bob Dylan. The guitar is an orchestra. He’s sending messages. Storytelling. All mystery. Protection. The language goes out through the night… The Big Boom. Boom the room.”
T Bone Burnett
“John Hammond is a master,” adds T Bone Burnett. “He is a virtuoso. A conjurer… A modernist… John is in a very small circle of men with a guitar and a harmonica. Jimmy Reed, Howlin’ Wolf, Bob Dylan. The guitar is an orchestra. He’s sending messages. Storytelling. All mystery. Protection. The language goes out through the night.”
John Paul Hammond is the son of legendary record producer John H. Hammond. “A blues legend…with a demeanor that belies his tear-it-up might before an audience” (The New York Times).
Over the years, Hammond has released 35 albums. His 1985 Blues Explosion won the Grammy for Best Traditional Blues Album in 1985. Hammond’s 2009 album, Rough and Tough, was a 2010 nominee for the Grammy Award for Best Traditional Blues Album.
In 2011, Hammond was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame of the Blues Foundation.
On occasion, he has had guest artists which have included Duane Allman, the Band, Charles Brown, Mike Bloomfield, JJ Cale, John Lee Hooker, Dr. John, G. Love, Charlie Musselwhite, Duke Robillard, Tom Waits, just to mention a few. A staple on the 60’s Greenwich Village folk scene (and friend of Hendrix), Hammond is a commentator during the WNET fundraising special, PBS American Masters Jimi Hendrix: Hear My Train A Comin’.
ABOUT TAD WALTERS
Raleigh native Tad Walters began playing the guitar at age 12. As he was developing his guitar skill, Tad picked up the harmonica a couple years later at fourteen. He was influenced by the likes of Blind Boy Fuller, Robert Lockwood, Charlie Patton, Robert Nighthawk, and John Jackson, among others, and began his professional music career with the Bob Margolin Band in 1996. In that four year period he traveled the world with the band and played with musicians like Pinetop Perkins, Hubert Sumlin, Billy Boy Arnold, Cary Bell, and others. In 2001, Tad joined the Big Bill Morganfield band and stayed until 2004. Tad is now teaching guitar and harmonica lessons and concentrating on Piedmont blues and old-time jazz with Dave Andrews.