Author(s): Adam Gussow
"Mister Satan's Apprenticeis a rare musical history because, not only can Gussow play, but he can also write. The writing is good enough to bring the music to life." --The Philadelphia Inquirer Mister Satan's Apprenticeis a lyrical and heartfelt account of a remarkable friendship born out of blues music. For Adam Gussow playing blues harmonica is an escape. And one evening while still reeling from a recent breakup, he meets Nat Riddles, a self-described "harmonica-man for all occasions" who recognizes in Adam a kindred musical spirit, offering him an entrée into the blues scene. When Nat flees the city after surviving a near-fatal shooting, Adam turns to a philosophical Mississippi native known as Mister Satan, a brilliant Harlem street musician who plays guitar and percussion simultaneously. What begins as an apprenticeship evolves into a unique collaboration, one that not only wins the performing duo critical acclaim, but also demonstrates their ability to transcend generational and cultural divides. At once a remarkable coming of age story and a fascinating tale of the redemptive nature of the blues,Mister Satan's Apprenticeis also the story of how two muscians form a unique friendship based on a shared love of the blues.