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Page’s Kitchen...the Swamp Sessions: John Paul Hammond (Episode 13)

John Hammond playing guitar on a stage
James Rice

We’re gonna keep that blues thing going for one more episode with the son of storied producer John H. Hammond who’s credited with discovering the likes of Billie Holiday, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen and even RVA’s own Steve Bassett. The son would be named John Paul Hammond. He carved out a successful career as a blues singer who stopped by the Kitchen to hang with Page in the winter of 1990.

For your listening pleasure and historical perspective, JAMinc is proud to present the full 35-program season of Page’s Kitchen…the Swamp Sessions as previously aired on VPM Music and The Breeze. These Americana allstars appeared on the late Page Wilson’s Out O’ The Blue Radio Revue some three decades ago. They were all live, one-take recordings made in various Richmond studios at the time and stand as a fitting tribute to those artists and to Page for having the taste, drive and gumption to lure them into his make-believe lair, deep in the Chickahominy Swamp. We’re deeply grateful to Jude Schlotzhauer and Virginia Blue Wilson for entrusting us with these priceless master tapes and to Guy Spiller and Charlie Reilly for carefully converting them from analog to digital. Sincere thanks to our loyal sponsors: Digital Video Group, the Scott Street Family and the members of VPM.