When 22-year-old harmonica ace Annie Raines first sat in with 42-year-old country blues guitarist Paul Rishell in a Boston bar in 1992, few suspected they were witnessing the start of a musical partnership.
Paul and Annie have racked up thousands of miles on the road in the U.S. and Europe, collaborated on original songs, and released I Want to Know (Tone-Cool/Artemis 1996), Moving to the Country (2000), the W.C. Handy Award winner for Acoustic Blues Album of the Year, Goin’ Home (2004) and Talking Guitar (2012). Paul and Annie are passionately devoted to the study & performance of many blues styles, from the syncopated-acoustic guitar wizardry of Blind Lemon Jefferson & Son House to Chicago “Little” Walter Jacob’s swinging amplified harmonica.
Paul has reached what Boston critic Ted Drozdowski calls “a place [as] deep and resonant as Robert Johnson’s Crossroads, where authenticity [and] soul ring out in every note he sings and plays.” Annie has added vocals, mandolin & piano to her musical arsenal and is recognized worldwide as the “Queen of the blues harmonica.” The legendary Pinetop Perkins says “She plays so good it hurts!” Billboard touts Rishell as “a Master of country/blues particularly slide played on a National steel guitar. Raines, a rare female ace blues harmonica blower, shows she is as strong an acoustic country harp accompanist as she is a harder-edged, electrified Chicago-lead player à la the great Little Walter”
Paul Rishell and Annie Raines Concert
$20 Members, $22 Non-Members(General tickets)