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Little Mike and The Tornadoes

'Genuine BluesLegends'

REVIEW: Pinetop Perkins & Jimmy Rogers, 'Genuine Blues Legends,' ELROB Records >>

Legends collide on this rare one-night stand recorded live at The Grand Auditorium in Ellsworth, Maine on May 21, 1988. 'Genuine Blues Legends' (ELROB Records) Pinetop Perkins and Jimmy Rogers command the stage backed up by Little Mike and the Tornadoes, a fiery outfit led by harmonica-blowing Mike Markowitz.

Zora Young with Little Mike and The Tornadoes

REVIEW: Zora Young and Little Mike and The Tornadoes, 'Friday Night,' Self-Released >>

Regular visitors to the Chicago Blues Festival know Zora Young, 67, from Mississippi. Fans of Pinetop Perkins [1913-2011] and Hubert Sumlin [1931-2011] know New York harmonicat Mike Markowitz and his Tornadoes as the touring and recording band of those two late legends. On Friday Night, Zora, Mike and the boys get down. Period. This harmonica/guitar/bass/drums/saxophone/trumpet band has been putting out solid blues records since 1990. But here, they throw the rulebook out the window and burn it.

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