Satan and Adam

By alberto

2021-11-17

 A high-powered duo with an unusual look and an utterly distinctive sound, Sterling Magee and Adam Gussow were an integral part of the New York blues renaissance of the 1990s, along with Shemekia Copeland, The Holmes Brothers, Michael Hill and the Blues Mob, and Popa Chubby.  They burst onto the scene in 1991 with their critically acclaimed debut release, Harlem Blues, featuring Magee on guitar, percussion, and vocals and Gussow on amplified harmonica.  “[This is blues] so unbelievably raw and real,” wrote CMJ, “it’s hard even to describe it.  Satan sounds like the heaviest and scariest parts of Robert Johnson and Muddy Waters reincarnated as a whole band and then somehow crammed back into the body of one man, and Adam fills in some piercing harmonica wails that seem to come from the same dark, primeval place as Shakey Horton’s or Little Walter’s.”  Harlem Blues was nominated for a Handy Award as “Traditional Blues Album” in 1991.  ("Unlucky in Love," the track below, is the lead cut on their third album, Living on the River (1996)

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