NAME: Mamie Minch
BAND AFFILIATION: Mamie Minch and Her Business
INSTRUMENT: guitar and voice
1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … The first tape I ever bought was Muddy Water’s “Blue Sky.” Chalk this one up to like 50% teenage narcissism and 50% burgeoning good taste – it had a song on it called “Mamie.” I literally had never met another Mamie in my life. It was all for the best, as some of the first songs I learned were on that album – “I Can Never Be Satisfied,” etc.
North Adams, MA: Just 32, Mamie Minch is one of the youngest old-school blues guitarists and singers around. She plays songs of her own devising that sound like they’ve been stored in her old National guitar for decades. Sound familiar? Minch brought what Guitar World cites as a unique blend of “Americana, folk, blues and sass” to MASS MoCA’s FreshGrass Festival in September 2012, winning fans with her pop-up gallery performance and instrument-making workshop for kids. She returns to North Adams accompanied by her full band in MASS MoCA’s Club B-10 on Saturday, March 9, at 8 PM.
Minch told Guitar Girl Magazine how her love affair with blues guitar began:”I started as a teenager, just picking out some of these finger-picking blues songs by Mississippi John Hurt… My dad played some folk guitar, so there was a Martin guitar in the house. I would just go into my room and shut the door, and play these solos over and over until I could get them.” A self-taught student of guitar, Minch has been the head of repair at RetroFret, a Brooklyn shop that specializes in vintage, rare, and unusual stringed instruments, for five years.