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Jumping Johnny Sansone

Jumpin-Johnny-SansoneJumpin’ Johnny Sansone ranks as one of contemporary blues’ finest harmonica players, but he is much more than the latest slavish Little Walter disciple.
After years of fronting blues bands in Colorado, Texas, and the Carolinas, and a stint as front man for guitarist Ronnie Earl’s band the Broadcasters, Sansone now mixes the standard ‘Windy City’ harp motifs with equal inspiration from sources such as veteran Chicago guitarist Lonnie Brooks’s early Gulf Coast rhythm and blues sides, the Louisiana swamp pop of Bobby Charles, and the zydeco accordion mastery of Clifton Chenier.
Filtered through Sansone’s keen song writing and brought to life with his robust voice and instrumental prowess, these touchstones come alive as a refreshing new entity.
Harmonica player and accordionist Johnny Sansone is a roots rock triple threat, writing and playing new songs which tap his deep experience in Louisiana rock ‘n’ roll, zydeco and blues.
A former member of Ronnie Earl’s band, Johnny moves from gritty harmonica instrumentals like “Stink Bait” to tuneful, accordion-driven songs like “Think of Me”.
His versatility as a songwriter and musician made him more than a “best of” harmonica novelty item, though.
Sansone’s harmonica playing is downright dazzling, — but his ace in the hole is his songwriting.
He deserves comparison to such contemporary masters as Kim Wilson and Charlie Musselwhite.
Jumpin’ Johnny Sansone may be one of the blues best-kept secrets, but talent like his wins fans for life.
His sense of enjoyable melody and his agility on the harp made him a powerful force.
Sansone is at his soulful most when he burned off a rollicking blues number. People dancing during his show, and Sansone’s gritty, energetic, take no prisoners style sent the music right through your bones !