Saturday, Mar 7, 8 PM

JOHNNY SANSONE with ROCKIN’ JOHNNY BURGIN

Snug Harbor
$25.00
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626 Frenchmen Street, New Orleans, LA
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Johnny Sansone started out early playing music. His father, a saxophonist who'd been in Dave Brubeck's band during World War II, introduced him to the saxophone at age 8. Johnny picked up the guitar and harmonica by the time he was 10, and had a life changing experience at 12 when he saw a Howlin' Wolf show in Florida. That was the moment the young Sansone knew he was destined to play the blues as his lifetime vocation. He sat in with Honeyboy Edwards at 13. During the 1970s Sansone studied with blues harmonica legends James Cotton and Jr. Wells. In the 1980s he toured with Ronnie Earl, John Lee Hooker, Jimmy Rodgers and Robert Lockwood Jr. Sansone led the life of an itinerant bluesman, traveling around the country from temporary bases in Colorado, Austin, Florida and Chicago before settling down in New Orleans in 1990. As leader of Jumpin' Johnny & the Blues Party, Sansone played harmonica and guitar in the fierce Mississippi delta blues style heard on his 1987 debut Where Y'at? and his1991 release Mister Good Thing. Living in New Orleans brought a swamp rock tinge to his gruff vocals and emotional playing style, and after attending a wake for Zydeco pioneer Clifton Chenier Sansone started playing accordion as well. By the time of 1996's Crescent City Moon Sansone had developed into a full fledged Louisiana artist, combining blues, boogie and the frontporch Cajun and Zydeco sounds of the Louisiana bayou country. Since, he has won numerous Best of the Beat music awards from OffBeat Magazine, and has become an integral member of the Voice of the Wetlands All-Stars. Tonight, Sansone is joined by Chicago by way of Mississippi guitar bluesman and fellow harmonica player, "Rockin'" Johnny Burgin for a special collaborative show: Johnny Burgin earns his name as " The Worldwide West Side Guitar Man" by performing up to 250 shows a year in Europe, Japan and coast to coast in the US. Johnny started his career in the rough and tumble neighborhood blues joints on Chicago's West Side with Howlin' Wolf disciple Tail Dragger, and went on to tour and record with blues legends such as Pinetop Perkins, Sam Lay and Billy Boy Arnold. He's been praised by the Cascade Blues Association for his "stunning guitar playing- the pure Chicago styled sound", and his fans love Johnny's take on the intense, stripped-down "West Side sound" of Otis Rush, Magic Sam and Buddy Guy. Johnny is a Delmark and Vizztone recording artist with 8 albums to his credit. He was nominated for a BMA for Best Traditional Blues Album of 2017 for "Howlin' at Greaseland", a Howlin' Wolf tribute.