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On the program for Saturday March 19, 2011

We'll take you back to last fall's Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival for a concert of swampy blues from Halifax's Joe Murphy and Louisiana's Johnny Sansone.

Joe Murphy and the Water Street Blues Band are a "blues institution" in the city of Halifax. They've been playing every Saturday afternoon for over 20 years! Led by singer, blues harpist, slide guitarist and accordion player Joe Murphy, the band has released a number of album...s, including 2002's Some Rough Stuff with famed New Orleans bluesman (and Murphy's personal friend) Johnny Sansone.

And Johnny Sansone himself holds a unique and special place in Harvest Jazz & Blues history. He is the only American musician to play at Harvest in the days following 9-11. He was already in Halifax to hang-out and rehearse with old friend Joe Murphy when the North American air space was shut down. Johnny and Joe drove to Fredericton as planned and their's were some of the most inspirational and uplifting performances of the 2001 event, though certainly touched with an air of melancholy as most shows were that year. Johnny says he was looking for the opportunity to come back to Harvest ever since - a second chance to do what he does best - throw down some sweet Louisiana blues! And that's just what they did.

Here's a sample of what you'll hear - Joe Murphy and Johnny Sansone with 'Going Back To Louisiana.

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