Support local journalism. Join the Orlando Weekly Press Club.

Thursday, April 16, 1998

Review - Living on the River

Artist: Satan And Adam

Posted on Thu, Apr 16, 1998 at 4:00 AM

Satan is Harlem-bred guitarist Sterling Magee, a former session man for James Brown and George Benson. Adam is Princeton-educated Adam Gussow, who, while trying to find a shortcut to work one day in 1986, spotted Magee playing on a Harlem street. Gussow asked to sit in and a musical partnership was born. Their fresh twist on the classic guitar-and-harmonica combo sounds like Robert Johnson reborn as George Clinton and was captured twice on record by blues label Flying Fish.

On Satan And Adam's third album for Flying Fish, Gussow's harp wails, warbles and weaves through Magee's hoarse but soulful vocals, deft guitar fingering and hi-hat footwork like a juke-joint sax at a Friday night fish-fry. Magee strains and scats on streetwise originals like "Sanctified Blues" and "I Got a Woman," and the duo funks up covers of "Ode to Billy Joe," the fast but phat "I'm a Girl Watcher" and a horn-enhanced rendition of "Proud Mary." "Living on the River" will take you down the Delta and up the Harlem River before disembarking at the Garden of Eden.


We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Orlando Weekly. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Orlando Weekly, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at [email protected].

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Orlando Weekly Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Orlando Weekly Press Club for as little as $5 a month.


Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Read the Digital Print Issue

January 19, 2022

View more issues


© 2022 Orlando Weekly

Website powered by Foundation