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Harmonica Player of the Month: Jon Gindick (Exclusive Interview)

By Jaine Rodack ~ Baby’s Got the Blues: Jon Gindick playing, singing and harping with RJ Mischo in his self-described “man cave” in his Ventura home. Jon Gindick’s fate was sealed early on, or so it would appear. Call it destiny, call it coincidence but, as this photograph clearly shows, the idea that the diatonic just might play a major [&hellip... Continue Reading »

The Big Draw: How The Harmonica Is Helping People Breathe Easier

By Jaine Rodack ~ Here’s to your good health: it’s a toast we’re all familiar with. But how does the harmonica fit into the picture? Over the years, scores of people, both within and outside of the medical community, have dedicated their lives to finding the answer to that musical question. And while there’s no definitive answer ─ no [&hellip... Continue Reading »

Hal Walker Harmonica Player of the Month (Exclusive Interview)

By Jaine Rodack ~ Hal Walker, taking his music to the streets Memories are complicated affairs. “I don’t know where family stories and my memory overlap,” confides Reuven Gnagnatti in the 2016 documentary Shalom Italia. And he’s not alone. For as our memories fade, they intermingle with family tales, old photographs, and things we have heard or read, to [&hellip... Continue Reading »

Harmonica Player of the Month: Will Wilde Exclusive Interview

By Jaine Rodack ~ Lately, the word “fresh” has been tossed around like a house salad; the latest in a series of over-used accolades employed to describe the awesome, hot, cool, and incredibly gifted among us. Overused though it may be, when it comes to Will Wilde and his music, fresh is the perfect adjective. No same old, same [&hellip... Continue Reading »

Harmonica Player of the Month: Buddy Greene

By Jaine Rodack ~ Grab a Harmonica Masterclass Lesson With Buddy Greene! Buddy Greene is a master at playing country blues and playing F-A-S-T. There’s a bonus lesson included with the “Breakthrough Blues” course where Buddy reveals some very intricate bending techniques as well as starting a student on the path to playing lightning fast. Click to check out [&hellip... Continue Reading »

Indiara Sfair – Harmonica Player of the Month

By Jaine Rodack ~ Her name is Indiara Sfair. To get an idea of how her music affects people, you need only read some of the comments posted under her various YouTube videos. Among them, this sampling from Improvisation in C minor, a video we’ve posted just below. It can’t get much better than this: “Cannot stop listening to [&hellip... Continue Reading »

Scott Albert Johnson – Harmonica Player of the Month

By Jaine Rodack ~ Scott Albert Johnson has been around. By the time he was thirty, he had lived in Missouri, Mississippi, Alabama, Massachusetts, New York, California and the District of Columbia. But it is Mississippi that he calls home; it’s where roots were grown, and hearts were won. And it would be Mississippi that called to him, and [&hellip... Continue Reading »

Kellie Rucker: Harmonica Player of the Month

By Jaine Rodack ~ Ask Kellie Rucker where she grew up, and she’ll tell you that her roots are spread all across the country. “My family moved a lot,” she explains, and so there was no home town as such; more like a series of them, which is why, when asked where she’s from, she replies, “I’m from every-where.” [&hellip... Continue Reading »

The Memphis Music & Heritage Festival

By Jaine Rodack ~ It’s a downtown, down home, downright delight. Looking for something to do this Labor Day Weekend? Someplace to go where the music is free and flowing and the energy is high? Then head on over to Memphis, Tennessee, where the 31st Memphis Music and Heritage Festival will be in full swing! The 2017 festival, which [&hellip... Continue Reading »