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Kim Field & the Perfect Gentlement: Harmonica Blow-off: Mike Moothart, Grant Dermody, Jim Wallace

Internationally celebrated harmonica player, guitarist and singer Kim Field began his musical career in New York City, where he worked with the Sting Rays, a group managed by Grammy winner Phil Schaap. Returning to his hometown of Seattle, he teamed up with Isaac Scott, appearing on two albums with the legendary guitarist.

Field spent several years fronting the Slamhound Hunters, whose performances and recordings were strongly received in both Europe and the United States. In recent years, Field has performed and recorded steadily with his celebrated Seattle-based band, the Mighty Titans of Tone. During his long career Field has appeared on bills with such rhythm and blues legends as Muddy Waters, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Robert Cray, the Fabulous Thunderbirds, Gregg Allman, James Cotton, Otis Rush, John Lee Hooker, Albert Collins, the Righteous Brothers, Walter Horton, and Big Mama Thornton. He has appeared at the San Francisco Blues Festival, in New York City’s Central Park, at Portland’s Waterfront Rhythm and Blues Festival, at the Winthrop Rhythm and Blues Festival, and at Seattle’s Bumbershoot Festival, where he was a featured performer seven years running. Field’s songs have appeared in the soundtracks of two feature films, and he has been twice nominated for the Washington State Blues Society Hall of Fame.

Kim Field is bringing three world-class harmonica players to this year’s Blow-Off:

Mike Moothart has been a fixture on the Blues scene here in the Northwest for over 35 years. He started in Eugene, and later moved to Portland where he played with the Jim Mesi Band and Jimmy Lloyd Rea & the Switchmasters. Paul deLay once called him “the Greatest Unknown Harmonica Player in the World.”

Grant Dermody is a harp player, vocalist, and songwriter from Beaux Bridge, Louisiana. No Depression Magazine called him “a harp wizard with a panoramic view of roots music styles, both old world and new.” Grant has toured extensively in the U.S. and Europe. He has recorded several CD of his own and five albums with guitarist Eric Bibb, and he has performed with blues legends Honeyboy Edwards, Robert Lowery,  Big Joe Duskin, and John Cephas.

Jim Wallace has been playing the harmonica professionally for decades. Wallace has toured the U.S. and Europe extensively, appearing in concert with such blues legends as R.L. Burnside, Honeyboy Edwards, Phillip Walker, Canned Heat and The Blasters. The Cascade Blues Association inducted Wallace into its Blues Hall of Fame.

The featured harmonica players at this year’s Blow-Off will be accompanied by Kim Field’s all-star band, the Perfect Gentlemen, featuring guitarists Alan Hager, Wit Draper and AC Porter, bassist Willy Barber, and drummer Ed Pierce. Several of the Perfect Gentlemen are members of the Cascade Blues Association’s Hall of Fame, and between them they have performed and recorded with a multitude of blues legends.