Rick Estrin joins me on episode 52.
Rick grew up in San Francisco and starting sitting in with bands in the city. He was friends with Jerry Portnoy, who persuaded him to spend some time in Chicago. Here he met many of the harmonica greats, and missed the golden opportunity for the harmonica chair in the Muddy Waters band.
It turned out this wasn’t a bad thing though, as Rick forged his own path with Little Charlie & The Nightcats (later Rick Estrin & The Nightcats). A band in which he has played harmonica, sung and wrote most of the lyrics for well over 40 years.
And with great success as the band has won many Blues Music Awards, including for Rick’s harmonica playing and songwriting prowess.
Rick singing with Little Charlie & The Nightcats in 1981:
‘Contemporary’ album video:
I Met Her On The Blues Cruise:
Rick Estrin & The Nightcats at World Harmonica Festival, 2013:
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