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John Hammond, Ernie Hawkins All Ages Early Warnings (Music) Soundboard

When: Sun., Jan. 30, 7 p.m. 2011

JOHN HAMMOND You might know bluesman John Hammond because he's the son of legendary A&R man John Hammond, who discovered the likes of Billie Holiday and Bob Dylan. But John the Younger's biggest musical influence wasn't his dad but rather the youthful time he spent with old blues records and his guitar. On many of Hammond's best albums he pays tribute to the artists he admires most, like Tom Waits and Robert Johnson; a devoted and energetic reconstructionist, he plays acoustic barrelhouse blues with the gravitas of a statesman and the drive of a rutting goat. On 2009's Rough & Tough (Chesky), which he recorded live at St. Peter's Episcopal Church in New York, he pummels the stage with his feet and, to paraphrase Captain Beefheart, gets the stink all over it. Ernie Hawkins opens.

Monica Kendrick

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