Posts Tagged ‘Charlie Musslewhite’

To round out the first full month of those Amazing Humans let’s depart from my recent trend of choosing old or dead people to draw and write about. As a matter of fact this young woman is a Mississippi Saxophone (harmonica) prodigy. She bonded with the harp at 7 years old. She first caught my eye a few years back at the Sonoma County Fair’s Annual Blues Festival. She must have been sixteen or seventeen then. She shared the stage with an accomplished old blues artist (whose name I can’t recall). As he sang about the joys of squeezing that lemon till the juice runs down his leg, I had grandfatherly protective feelings about this shy little school girl, looking down occasionally, smiling, waiting for her solo. Then her opening came, she jumped right on it. More than stood her own, playing with appropriate nastiness, intensity and skill, way beyond her years.

She’s already played with a lot of the greats including Charlie Musslewhite and Mark Hummel, and I expect you’ll hear a lot more of her in the future. I was going to make a sexist comment about the rarity of cute female harp players but I decided against it. Play on Santana Kirk!

Other Santana Kirk facts (courtesy of  an article written in the Blues Festival Guide, 2006, Carrying On the Tradition, by Robin Thrush Sr.):

– She played The Russian River Blues Festival at ages 12 and 13.

– Charlie Musslewhite guests on her first CD, “Ain’t Kiddin’ Around”.

– She has also shared the stage with James Cotton and T-Birds front man, Kim Wilson.

-She was featured on a PBS program, “Blues Variations” and The Johnny Otis  Radio Show.

And for me, one month in the books, 334 Amazing Humans to go.

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