Quebec-based blues band Durham County Poets have unveiled a video for their single, “Hand Me Down Blues”. The single is from the band’s album of the same name which was released today (September 20, 2019).
“I went to my first blues concert with three of my best friends in 1981,” says Durham County Poets frontman and lead vocalist Kevin Harvey on the inspiration behind Hand Me Down Blues. “We had tickets to see Muddy Waters at the Spectrum in Montreal. When I entered the venue, Muddy’s signature guitar riff was ringing in the air and spilling into the lobby so we all hurried down to the front of the stage. I was awestruck,” Harvey recalls. “I was a 19-year old young man in the presence of a master! I planted my elbows firmly on the stage, as if to stake my claim, and looked Muddy square in the eye…”
That wasn’t the only point of contact for Harvey and the legend,
“I placed my hand on his shoe, too,” he continues. “Muddy looked at me and winked, as if to say ‘welcome to the blues, son.’”
Check out the video below and keep up to date with the band via their socials.
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