It's a bit unusual to hear a "picker" play deep Mississippi country blues and toe-tapping ragtime on a national steel and then see him turn around, plug in a Fender and start to play Texas and Chicago style. Nick Katzman is one of the foremost guitarists playing blues, acoustic and electric, on today's music scene. As a youngster he was taught by many of the great old country blues masters such as Mississippi John Hurt, Mance Lipscomb and Reverend Gary Davis, as well as Stefan Grossman and Rory Block. He has shared the stage with quite a number of world-class acts (including Johnny Winter, Robert Cray, Eric Burdon and the Allman Brothers). He has accompanied many senior American blues artists: Champion Jack Dupree, Carey and Lurie Bell, Louisiana Red, Eb Davis and Katy Webster. He worked, as well, for many years as guitarist and band leader for the New York blues shouter Guitar Crusher. In '92 he produced and played on Crusher's "Googa Mooga" CD (Blue Sting Records). Katzman has also produced a CD for Eb Davis: "Good Time Blues" (Acoustic Music). To date he has recorded two solo acoustic L.P.s : "Mississippi River Bottom Blues" (Kicking Mule #111) and "Sparkling Ragtime and Hardbitten Blues" (Kicking Mule#167) and has released his first "electric" CD on Stumble Records: "Songs and Bloozes" where he demonstrates formidable song-writing talents as well as a highly developed and authentic electric guitar style.