Mild mannered off stage, John Hammond in performance is a highly combustible package. Many an uninitiated concert-goer in the front row has sustained whiplash from that first blast. It's just one guy with an acoustic guitar…how much sound and energy can he generate? PLENTY! A better question would be how has he managed to maintain that level of intensity since he made his first album at age 20 in 1962? The answer seems to be that his passion for the blues is an irresistible magnetic force that draws audiences into a shared enthusiasm. John Hammond's tour schedule continues to be a busy one. Consult your local listings. 1982 photo taken at McCabe's Guitar Shop.