Author Archive

James Cotton Harmonica Player of the Month (Retrospective)

By Jaine Rodack ~ James Henry Cotton passed away in March 2017, putting a cap on a career that spanned nearly 70 years. He was born on July 1 of 1935, smack in the middle of what would be a long hot summer. The youngest of Hattie and Mose Cotton’s eight children, James spent his first years in Tunica, [&hellip... Continue Reading »

Rockin’ Jake: Harmonica Player of the Month

By Jaine Rodack ~ Rockin’ Jake will be the first one to tell you that life on the road isn’t always rockin’. It is, if not exactly a roller coaster ride, then something close to it: a series of glorious highs and “why am I doing this?” lows. But the man is also here to tell you that, having [&hellip... Continue Reading »

PT Gazell: Harmonica Player of the Month

By Jaine Rodack ~ Oconomowoc, Wisconsin: population 16,319, give or take a few folks, and birthplace of one PT Gazell. “It was a very small town,” says the harmonica man, “but a town that had a very vibrant music scene for as small as it was, and live music was a pretty big part of what went on there.” And [&hellip... Continue Reading »

Harley Crain, 5,600 Harps and Counting

By Jaine Rodack ~ Like a lot of us, Harland “Harley” Crain is, by nature, a collector. What does he collect? Well, “I like wine”, he says, “so I collect wine, but I drink almost everything I collect. And I collect corkscrews and beer coasters, and have a modest collection of kaleidoscopes.” But wait, there’s more! You see, Harley [&hellip... Continue Reading »

Billy Gibson: Harmonica Player of the Month

By Jaine Rodack ~ Check out this rockin’ video! Billy’s “Mississippi Saxophone” really gets going around the 6 minute mark! Billy Gibson remembers the day he decided to become a professional musician. It was the summer he turned eighteen, and the annual Medgar Evers Homecoming was in full swing. Billy’s band had been booked for a week’s worth of [&hellip... Continue Reading »

David Barrett Harmonica Player of the Month

By Jaine Rodack ~ Our harmonica player of the month is none other than harmonica blues genius David Barrett, enjoy… It all started with Crossroads, a 1986 film with a killer soundtrack featuring— among others— the iconic sounds of Sonny Terry. While the movie didn’t exactly light up the box office, for a fourteen-year-old boy named David Barrett, it [&hellip... Continue Reading »

Aidan Hornaday Harmonica Player of the Month

By Jaine Rodack ~ The year was 2009. Aidan Hornaday’s mom had a dinner meeting at a neighborhood restaurant, and eight-year-old Aidan tagged along. But as the evening wore on, the boy got bored. Excusing himself from the table, he headed for the hallway. Setting his pint-sized fedora aside, he pulled out his harmonica—a newly acquired hand-me-down from one [&hellip... Continue Reading »