The Resurrection of Little David's Harp

by Chet Williamson

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The Resurrection of Little David’s Harp


As a kid growing up in a housing project on the east coast, Little David was lucky enough to find the blues. It was both his undoing and eventual salvation.

His life was an all too familiar one in the blues, hard scrabbled and scarred by dysfunction. A broken home is the picture. His mother was a teenager when he was born. His father was an unsuccessful boxer who took his failures out on his young wife.

Little David started playing at 13. Each day after school, he and his friends would congregate behind the local neighborhood center. One would have some smokes, another had a jug, and still another would share his harmonica. Guess who dabbled in all three?

At 14, sex, drugs, and alcohol were his daily diet – along with violence, anxiety, and fear. His friend Tony was shot by a man who would later be found guilty of taking pornographic photos of his daughter. At 15, Little David took first LSD trip. He dropped his half. His friend Donnie shot his mainline.

As a young harmonica player, Little David was recognized for his dedication to the soulful playing of Paul Butterfield, Charlie Musselwhite and Rod Piazza.

At 16, Little David quit school and worked in a shop, curing and dyeing leather. At 17, and now a full-blown alcoholic, he left home.

In 1969, Hunkman, who lived two doors down, went to Vietnam and came back a junkie. Chaps, his friend from across the street, returned with one arm, but a silver star around his neck.

At 18, Little David was incarcerated. At 19, he left town. At, 20 he descended into madness. And, by the time he was 21, he was institutionalized.

Through all of the piss and occasional bliss, Little David always carried his harmonica, comforted by Little Walter’s recording of “Blue and Lonesome,” and other gems and jewels from the deep blues sea.

Now, after more than 30 years of recovery, as well as work as a janitor, a night watchman, dishwasher, film projectionist, and journalist, Little David is back. This is his first blues recording.

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released March 28, 2012

Featuring Little David on vocals and harmonica, with guitarist R.L. Madison, pianist Otis Perkins, organist Trevor Hicks, bassist Mack Dixon, percussionist Junior Vasquez, and Clay Shufflemore on drums.

All songs by C. Williamson (Drop Dead Gorgeous was written with Lou Terricciano and Why Cry Baby with Michael Thibodeau). © by Chetoons-All Rights Reserved

Recorded at Tremolo Lounge, West Boylston January/February 2012
Engineered, mixed, and mastered by Roger Lavalle



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