~Portraits in Blues~
John Hammond 01/17/2009
Elgin Community College
Anyone who gets
the chance to see John Hammond is really fortunate. He draws out so much
emotion from his audience as he performs unaccompanied. Each song has
meaning, because John has a little story about almost everything he plays.
The guitars he uses are as individual as he is; each with its own
personality, which is clear as they are his only accompaniment. Johnís
performances are always unique, in that the sounds that you hear are
coming from him and his guitars Ė nothing else. No peddles, no drums, no
bass. Just pure John Hammond. You have to see him to fully appreciate the
music, though, because the expressions on his face go hand in hand with
the particular song that he is playing.. Its as if he is letting you see
into his soul while he plays. One of the things that is really distinctive
about John is that his wife, Marla, is always with him. Although she is
not on the stage, you know she is present because when John performs, you
canít help but feel that she is a part of each particular piece. Its just
a feeling I get when I see them.
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