Listening to Bluesville on XM and heard Clarksdale, MS bluesman, Terry “Harmonica” Bean on the air for the first time. Bean appearance in the blues documentary M for Mississippi and that was my introduction to his music and talents. Later I had the pleasure of meeting him at Morgan Freeman’s Ground Zero blues club in Clarksdale and again in Oxford, MS at the dedication of a marker on the state’s Blues Trail. He’s a nice fellow and I’m glad he’s getting some air play. Terry told me that his grandfather once told him that if he got good at the harp and guitar he’d never go hungry. So far that seems to be working; he’s a busy man playing lots of gigs.
Note: If you’re a blues fan and planning a trip to MS check out the iPhone app for the Mississippi Blues Trail. Location and information is provided for all markers. And, whatever you do, don’t miss Clarksdale. If the blues has a birthplace it certainly ist he area in and around that community.