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How Long

Little Mike

Self-Released 2017

Review by David Bowling

 

Little Mike is one of the energizer bunnies of the music industry. Whether in the studio, on the road, fronting his own band, or helping out on numerous projects as a guest artist; he has established himself as one of the great blues harpists working today.

He has now released a new album titled How Long. It consists of eight originals and four cover songs fueled by his harp, plus his keyboards and vocals.

He is one of the rare harmonica players who can use the instrument in place of the vocals. His phrasing is unique as it communicates a story.

Little Mike is a modern days blues artist who learned his craft from the like of James Cotton, Hubert Sumlin, and Pinetop Perkins. Their influences can be seen and felt on such original tunes as “Cotton Mouth,” “When My Baby Left,” “Sam’s Blues,” and “Not What Mama Planned,” where the past is integrated into the present day blues.

Little Mike is approaching the forty year mark in his career. How Long is another fne effort that will be appreciated by any blues or harp aficionado.

Rating: ***

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