Mark Hummel

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"Mark Hummel is a harmonica virtuoso. Quite simply, he is one of a handful of the best players ever on the instrument, and he gets better with each new release." -Blues Revue


Mark Hummel

Harmonica man/singer/songwriter/ bandleader/author/impresario Mark Hummel was born in New Haven, CT but moved to Los Angeles as a newborn. Hummel took up an interest in blues harp & rock-blues music in high school but soon discovered the originators like Muddy Waters, Sonny Boy Williamson & Little Walter.

Soon after, Hummel frequented the Ash Grove club on Melrose Ave. in LA where he saw (in a three month period) three blues legends he would later work with on a regular basis; Charlie Musselwhite, Brownie McGhee (w/Sonny Terry) & James Cotton.

By 1985, Mark Hummel's Blues Survivors hit the road full time and continue till the present (Hummel's memoir, Big Road Blues: 12 Bars on I-80 recounts many road exploits). In 2014 Blind Pig Records released Remembering Little Walter (a recording of a Hummel Blues Harp Blowout). The CD was nominated for a Grammy Award and won two Blues Music Awards. Hummel's latest CD is the brand new all instrumental HarpBreaker, with GSLS on some of it. 

He is a road warrior - a true Blues Survivor. Along the way, he has crafted his own trademark harmonica sound - a subtle combination of tone, phrasing and attack, combined with a strong sense of swing. Hummel has achieved wide recognition through nearly constant touring and appearances at the major blues festivals which have firmly established his solid reputation around the US, Canada and Europe. 


>pre-listen to Mark's new all instrumental CD: "HARPBREAKER" (Electro-Fi Records 2018)

"This is an album that you’ll come back to again and again. Do yourself a good turn and pick this up soon. Hit play, and it won’t be long before a smile breaks out."
- Barry Kerzner,  American Blues Scene
"Harpbreaker is a must to own for every blues harp enthusiast."
- Richard Ludmerer,  Making a Scene!
"Never a purist, Hummel's new album, the all-instrumental Harpbreaker, explores every aspect of the instrument."
- j.poet, East Bay Express Staff Pick

 

"This is an album that you’ll come back to again and again. Do yourself a good turn and pick this up soon. Hit play, and it won’t be long before a smile breaks out."

- Barry Kerzner,  American Blues Scene


"Harpbreaker is a must to own for every blues harp enthusiast."

- Richard Ludmerer,  Making a Scene!


"Never a purist, Hummel's new album, the all-instrumental Harpbreaker, explores every aspect of the instrument."

 

- j.poet, East Bay Express Staff Pick


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