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January 10, 2014 at 11:03 AM

Blues greats pay tribute to Sonny Boy Williamson | Concert preview

(l-r) John Mayall, R.W. Grigsby, Rick Estrin, James Harman, June Core, Mark Hummel. (Nick McCabe)

(l-r) John Mayall, R.W. Grigsby, Rick Estrin, James Harman, June Core, Mark Hummel. (Nick McCabe)

Across the tracks and down a country road outside Tutwiler, Miss. — where W.C. Handy first heard a country bluesman playing a song Handy later published as “Yellow Dog Blues” — stands a modest shrine at the edge of a field often visited by blues fans — the grave of the great harmonica player Sonny Boy Wiliamson II.

On any given day you’ll find empty bottles of Colt 45, flowers, spent harmonicas, poems and various other offerings to Sonny Boy’s spirit.

A passel of very famous bluesmen hit town this week to make their own offerings as part of Mark Hummel’s Blues Harmonica Blowout, in “A Tribute to Sonny Boy Williamson II.” Hummel’s posse includes seminal British guitar ace John Mayall, as well as harmonicats Curtis Salgado, from Portland; Rick Estrin and Little Charlie Baty, both formerly of Little Charlie and Nightcats; and Alabamian James Harman.

Hummel has been touring his “blowout” series since 1991 and his most recent recorded effort, the scintillating “Remembering Little Walter,” is a 2014 Grammy nominee.

Sonny Boy would be proud.

A Tribute to Sonny Boy Williamson II

7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday at Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 Sixth Ave., Seattle; $30.50 (206-441-9729 or www.jazzalley.com).

(Paul de Barros)

(Paul de Barros)

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