In 2018, Wolf Records Hannes Folterbauer travelled through Mississippi to meet two of the finest exponents of traditional Hill Country and Mississippi Blues - Terry Harmonica Bean and Super Chikan.
Bean plays both the harmonica and guitar. He has performed at blues festivals and in juke joints around the world, to supplement his regular income gained from working in a furniture factory in Pontotoc. Harmonica Beans first solo recording, Here I Am Baby, was released in 2001.
This has been followed by six more albums, using a variety of musical ensemble settings. His style is traditional Hill Country Blues and his first release on Wolf Records was 2014s Catfish Blues.
Born James Johnson, Chikan worked as a truck driver and used the time while on the road to write his own songs. He recorded his first album as a bandleader, Blues Come Home To Roost, in 1997. It was on this recording, Johnson first showcased his ability to meld the blues with an number of different styles. In 2011 he won a Blues Music Award for Traditional Blues Album of the Year for his Chikadelic record.
The mood in Mississippi was so good, recalls the enthusiastic Hannes. So we started a record session directly at the artists home to get a real feeling of their music. The album is just amazing, real blues. And Hannes is not wrong From Hill Country To Mississippi Delta Blues is an infectious, contemporary-sounding, blues record which is totally authentic and steeped in earthy tradition... The real deal.
1. Tin Top Shak Super
2. Down In The Mississippi Delta (Tribute To Muddy And Elmore)
3. Wavy Thoughts
4. Leaving Blues
5. Boogie With Me
6. Tribute To Jimmy Reed
7. Poor Broke Boy
8. Who Gonna Be Your Sweet Man When Im Gone
9. Mississippi Walking Blues
10. Sippi Seekan Saw
11. Black Cat Bone
12. Freds Dollar Store
13. Hug Me, Dont Bug Me (Drugs Is Already Bugging Me)
14. I Got Love If You Want It
15. 2018 Doin My Own Thing