Veteran solo bluesman John Hammond, who was inducted to the Blues Hall of Fame in 2011, has been a frequent performer at First Encounter Coffeehouse for over 30 years. His latest recording, Rough & Tough, on Chesky Records, is his 33rd, and was nominated for a Grammy as Best Traditional Blues Album.
Hammond is one of a handful of white blues musicians who were on the scene at the beginning of the first blues renaissance of the mid-’60s. That revival, brought on by renewed interest in folk music around the U.S., brought about career boosts for many of the great classic blues players, including Mississippi John Hurt, Rev. Gary Davis, and Skip James. Some critics have described him as a white Robert Johnson, and Hammond does justice to classic blues by combining powerful guitar and harmonica playing with expressive vocals and a dignified stage presence.
Advance tickets will go on sale Sept 3 at Main Street Books in Orleans. $20 in advance, $24 day of show if not sold out. You can also order tickets by mail with a check and self addressed stamped envelope to FECH, P.O. Box 490,
N. Eastham 02651
Artist’s Web site: johnhammond.com