Classic Harmonica Blues
In the 1850's, clockmaker Matthias Hohner began making harmonicas in Germany. By the turn of the century, his market expanded to America where among countless others, African Americans claimed the instrument as their own. Classic Harmonica Blues from Smithsonian Folkways brims with the creativity of soulful harmonica greats of the twentieth century, including Sonny Terry, Doctor Ross, Eddie Burns, Phil Wiggins, and more. These twenty recordings take us to the heart of the classic American blues tradition.