Goin’ Back Home: The Blues in Word & Song*
A concert and reading by one-man blues band and author Adam Gussow
Get a contemporary taste of the old Deep South blues groove with writer and musician Adam Gussow as he reads from his autobiographical works, Mister Satan’s Apprentice: A Blues Memoir, and Journeyman’s Road: Modern Blues Lives From Faulkner’s Mississippi to Post-9/11 New York, and blows some funky blues harp. Self- described as a “lonely guy on the back porch, stomping his foot as he sings and blows the blues,” Gussow will entertain and enthrall with his one-man band and reading.
Raised in Congers, NY, Adam Gussow (Ph.D., Princeton) is an associate professor of english and Southern Studies at the university of mississippi, where he teaches courses in American and African American literature, the blues tradition, southern autobiography, and race in American culture. He has published three books: Mister Satan’s Apprentice: A Blues Memoir; Seems Like Murder Here: Southern Violence and the Blues Tradition, winner of the Holman Award from the Society for the Study of Southern Literature; and Journeyman’s Road: Modern Blues Lives From Faulkner’s Mississippi to Post-9/11 New York. Gussow’s articles and reviews have appeared in American Literature, African American Review, Southern Cultures, boundary 2, Harper’s, and many other publications. He is currently working on a book about the devil and the blues.
In addition to his academic credentials, Gussow is a professional harmonica player and teacher. As a member of the Handy Award-nominated blues duo Satan and Adam for more than 20 years, he has played countless major blues, jazz, and folk festivals, recorded three CDs, and been featured on the cover of Living Blues magazine. His debut solo CD, Kick and Stomp (2010), garnered rave reviews and heavy play on Bluesville (Sirius/Xm), the leading satellite radio station.
Through his website, modernBluesHarmonica.com, Gussow has pioneered the teaching of the instrument with the help of downloadable videos and tab sheets. He is also the creator and producer of Hill Country Harmonica, an annual event in North mississippi that features world-class performers such as Billy Branch, Sugar Blue, Jason ricci, and Charlie Sayles in a student-focused environment
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*This is a Hudson Valley Writers’ Center benefit event – Admission is $15 per person and all proceeds are tax-deductible and will directly benefit the HVWC.
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