Satan and Adam on the streets of Harlem.
The story of Satan and Adam is one rich in rebirth.
The duo, who got together in 1986 on the streets of Harlem share a gritty and spirited vision of the blues. They made their name busking on the streets, with Mister Satan on guitar and kickboard percussion and Adam Gussow on blues harmonica. But after many tours and three studio albums, they virtually disappeared. Adam, a native of Rockland County, N.Y., went on to teach, winding up in the English Department at the University of Mississippi and Mister Satan virtually disappeared. It turns out Mister Satan, whose real name is Sterling Magee from Mount Olive, Miss., had some personal problems that led to a nervous breakdown.
But the fate that brought them together in Harlem and then tore them cruelly apart has brought them back together. They’re wrapping up a short road trip tomorrow night (Saturday, Aug. 15) on Adam’s home turf — The Turning Point in Piermont.
This could well be our last chance to see the duo here in the Metro area, as the state-run home where Satan lives is tightening its rules. He is only allowed to leave for a few days at a time, making it all but impossible for them to arrange lengthy road trips.
Tonight’s show starts at 8 o’clock at The Turning Point, 468 Piermont Ave. Piermont, N.Y. (845) 359-1089. Tickets are $20.
In anticipation of Satan and Adam’s gig at The Turning Point, Adam spoke to Will You Miss Me When I’m Gone? about the duo’s meeting, breakup and reunion. The full interview appears after the jump.
Adam Gussow and Sterling "Mr. Satan" Magee
As promised, Satan and Adam have worked out their scheduling issues and will be on tour in August. And this is a don’t-miss tour, because it’s probably the last time Adam Gussow and Sterling “Mr. Satan” Magee will be able to play in the Northeast (or anywhere more than a day’s trip from Satan’s Florida home).
Here’s Adam’s explanation:
We have rescheduled three of the gigs from our postponed June tour, and added two new dates. Although Sterling will still be able to play occasional out-of-town dates from this point on, the word from his sister down in Florida is that all future touring will need to keep him away from home no more than three nights. This means that our dates in Philly, Portsmouth NH, and Piermont NY are the last time you will be able to see Satan and Adam in those areas, except for possible fly-in dates. We hope you’ll take this opportunity to show up and pay your respects to the one and only Mr. Satan, guitar-man of Harlem.
Satan and Adam playing on the street.
So far, the tour is short and sweet:
8/12: Virginia Beach, VA – Jewish Mother (9 PM)
8/13: Philadelphia, PA – World Cafe Live (7:30 PM, with special guest Charlie Sayles)
8/14: Portmouth, NH – The Press Room (9 PM)
8/15: Piermont, NY – The Turning Point (8 PM)
8/17: Atlanta, GA – “blue Monday” party for Atlanta Harmonica Enthusiasts and others (7:30). For info, please contact Jim McBride: firstname.lastname@example.org. This party is open to the public, but only if you purchase an advance ticket from Jim. Space is limited. Potluck + BYOB.
Stay tuned to Will You Miss Me When I’m Gone? for updates and an in-depth interview with Adam. And check out Adam’s website for further information about Satan and Adam and Adam’s other endeavors.