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  • Jason Ricci on His New Album, the New Orleans Sound and People Playing His Solos

    Jason Ricci’s harmonica playing has been described with almost every superlative in the thesaurus. The praise is for good reason: Ricci’s playing introduced a new benchmark for blues virtuosity and encouraged a rising generation of players to pursue blinding speed, overblows and even scales and theory. Considering that, let’s start with the literal: Ricci’s new [&hellip...


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  • Slim Harpo Playlist – Get Your Swamp Blues On!

    Slim Harpo (born James Isaac Moore in Louisiana, January 11th, 1924) was a commercially successful blues vocalist and harp player, whose works have been adapted by the Rolling Stones, the Kinks, the Yardbirds, and Van Morrison. Slim was also a major proponent for swamp blues. He is described as “a people-pleasing club entertainer, [who] certainly [&hellip...


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  • Wanna come to a Harmonica Retreat in Hawaii with JP?

    YES! Because the other retreats sold out so fast, I’ll be hosting an additional 5-day harmonica retreat at my home in Kauai for beginning and intermediate-level harmonica players. I’m limiting this retreat to only 12 harmonica students so I can get to know you and personally help you with your biggest harmonica challenges...


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  • Q&A: Paul Gillings on Cultivating Passion for the Harmonica

    Paul Gillings has been a fixture on the United Kingdom harmonica scene for decades and, thanks to the Internet, is increasingly known as a multi-instrumentalist and songwriter with a tireless work ethic. Gillings had the good fortune of having a Scoutmaster (Norman Ives) who ran a mail order harmonica business. Ives eventually started a free [&hellip...


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  • Paul Jones – Blues Playlist

    Paul Jones is an English singer, actor, harp player, radio and TV presenter. He became the frontman of the 1960s pop group Manfred Mann soon after declining an offer from the fledgling Rolling Stones. In 1979 Paul formed a new group – The Blues Band, in which he is the lead vocalist and harmonicist. The [&hellip...


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