#7 James Harman
Bluesman James Harman died on May 23, 2021 at the age of 74 from the effects of esophageal cancer.
Harman performed as a blues harmonica player and singer. With his Icehouse Blues Band he played alongside Big Joe Turner, John Lee Hooker, Freddie King, Muddy Waters, Albert King, B. B. King, T-Bone Walker, Lowell Fulsom, Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson, Johnny "Guitar" Watson and Albert Collins.
With his James Harman Band he lined up with Phil Alvin and Bill Bateman, Gene Taylor,and Kid Ramos and Hollywood Fats.
In 2015 the Bonetime album earned him five 2016 Blues Music Award nominations.
James was and still is a great inspiration to blues harp players and singers around the world. We are particularly grateful for his contribution to contemporary blues music and may he rest in peace.
Note: In 2008 I had the opportunity to share the stage with him during the blues and jazz festival IJsseljazz in the Netherlands.