Blues harp mastery on Midcoast

Jun 05, 2012
Brandon Santini

Rockland — The Monday Night Blues series continues June 18 with Brandon Santini and his band beginning 7 p.m. at the Time Out Pub, 275 Main St. Admission will be $10.

Is Brandon Santini the future of blues harmonica? The Memphis vocalist and harmonica player considered a candidate to keep an eye on. With tasteful speed and licks, he combines his respect to traditional blues with a contemporary, colorful style of playing that often is compared to Paul Butterfield, James Cotton and or Sonny Boy Williamson II. Raised in North Carolina, Santini relocated to Memphis in 2003 where he began to absorb the sounds and culture of the Delta and north Mississippi hill country, honing his craft night after night in local Beale Street clubs. For seven years, he fronted the Blues Music Award-nominated band Delta Highway.

Next up in the weekly series are: June 25, Erin Harpe & the Delta Swingers ($10); July 2, Toni Lynn Washington ($10); July 9, Howard and the White Boys ($10); July 23, Biscuit Miller ($10); and July 30, a DVD release party with Andrew Jr. Boy Jones ($10). For more information on the Time Out Blues series — and on this year's blues festival, July 14 and 15 in Harbor Park — visit northatlanticbluesfestival.com.

Courier Publications' A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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