I'm reminded that today is the anniversary of the birth of Snooky Pryor.
"Who?" I hear you all say?
"Bloody philistines!" I reply.
If legend has it right (and to be fair, I believe the legend may have been started by the man himself, so a small pinch of salt might be in order), Snooky was the person who invented the technique of cupping a microphone together with a harmonica in his hands; thus playing it, effectively, as an amplified instrument, instead of an acoustic instrument being amplified. If you see what I mean.
This is important for two reasons. Firstly, it produces that lovely, slightly over-gained "gritty" sound you get from harp players in the Chicago style, blues-rock, and so on. Secondly, for people like me who like to run around the stage like a bloody idiot, climb down and play from the dance-floor and all that showy stuff—you simply can't do that, if you're stuck in front of a mic-stand.
So anyway, here's a couple of Snooky Pryor numbers. And, because some of the newer followers of this blog might have been spared from the torture the first time I posted it, the third video below features yours truly, utilising that very same technique.
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