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Blues great John Hammond appears in Grass Valley

In support of his 29th CD, “Ready for Love,” Grammy Award winner and four-time nominee John Hammond has a solo show Saturday at the Center for the Arts in Grass Valley.

Hammond, a modern country blues musician who performs internationally year-round is also a multiple W.C. Handy award winner. The New Jersey icon is equally as versatile on guitar, harmonica and vocals.

Those are pretty significant accomplishments for someone who didn’t even own a guitar until turning 18.



The year was 1960; once that guitar was in his hands, Hammond eagerly sought out Greenwich Village clubs.

A mere three years later, Hammond had paid his dues and earned a spot on the Newport Folk Festival bill with Mississippi John Hurt and the Rev. Gary Davis.




Throughout his four decade-plus career, Hammond has played or recorded with masters including but not limited to John Lee Hooker, Dr. John, Jimi Hendrix, Duane Allman, Bill Wyman, Pops Staples and The Band.

Opening Saturday’s show will be Nevada County residents Lorraine Gervais and Greg Gavin respectively on sultry jazz vocals and piano. The duo has performed often in the area as part of Diva’s Diversions.


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