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Published on October 6th, 2022 | by TLV News


Oxford Blues Festival 2022 Spotlight: Deak Harp

Deak Harp plays at 7:15 pm on Saturday, October 8

Deak Harp has been playing harmonica since he was twelve years old. His biggest early inspiration came when his brother introduced him to the music of James Cotton.

Deak followed Cotton’s band along the east coast for close to five years before Cotton offered Deak a job driving his van. For the next six years, Deak toured with the James Cotton Blues Band, eventually opening acts and playing along with “Superharp” himself.

Combining diddley bow, snare drum, stomp box, amplified harmonica, and vocals, Deak’s one-man-band became a regular feature in the Delta.

When he’s not touring the world, Deak can be found in his truly unique brick-and-mortar harmonica shop. Deak’s Mississippi Saxophones & Blues Emporium can be found at 13 Third Street, Clarksdale, Mississippi, just down the street from Ground Zero. Deak makes custom harmonicas to order, and carries a selection of his wares in his shop.

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