To accompany the release of my own "Harp Reel 5000," I think it's fitting that I reveal my Top Ten Desert Island Picks for the harmonica players I'd like to listen to on said island (whether it's recordings or if they're able to join me in-person, either way works for me!). Be sure to take the quick poll at the end of the list :)
10. LITTLE WALTER (Muddy Waters, etc). (1930 - 1968). Born in Marksville LA, USA.
9. INDIARA SFAIR (living & active). Born in Curitiba, Brazil.
8. CHARLIE MUSSELWHITE (age 79 & active). Born in Kosciusko, Mississippi, USA.
7. JUNIOR WELLS (1934 - 1998). Born in Memphis Tennessee, USA.
6. PAUL BUTTERFIELD (1942 - 1987). Born in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
5. BIG MAMA THORNTON (1926 - 1984). Born in Ariton, Alabama, US
4. MICKEY RAPHAEL (Willie Nelson, etc) (age 71 & active). Born in Dallas TX, USA.
3. LESTER BUTLER (Red Devils) (1959 - 1998). Born in Virginia, USA.
2. MAGIC DICK (aka Richard Salwitz) (The J. Geils Band etc) (age 78 & active).
Born in New London, Connecticut, USA.
1. JAMES COTTON (1935 - 2017) Born in Tunica, Mississippi, USA.