Although John Hammond is a New York City native, Mississippi Delta mud runs through his veins. For just about a half-century, Hammond, the son of famed producer John Hammond Sr., has been playing country blues with the gritty conviction of someone raised in the cotton fields, his soulful, hair-raising howls accompanied by wonderfully prickly guitar work and the piercing whine of his harmonica. After several years concentrating on an electric blues band, Hammond recorded a solo acoustic set of mostly blues classics amid the refined acoustics of a Manhattan church. The resulting Rough & Tough was nominated for a Grammy last year, while Hammond is currently up for the 2011 Blues Music Awards' Acoustic Artist of the Year. (Photo by Kasra Ganjavi)
Thu., Jan. 27, 7 p.m., 2011
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