Author Archive

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 »

The Top 7 Reasons People Quit Playing an Instrument

By Jaine Rodack ~ WHY WE GIVE UP SO EASILY… The top seven reasons people stop taking lessons or playing an instrument There are a million reasons why people start something and don’t follow through, whether that something is following a diet, getting a degree, or accumulating wealth. When it comes to learning how to play a musical instrument, [&hellip... Continue Reading »

Les Stroud aka Survivorman: Harmonica Player of The Month

By Jaine Rodack ~ Ask Les Stroud about his early years and he’ll tell you that his was a “white bread” childhood, which is to say, uneventful: the same old same old. Nothing that would tell you that he would ever go anywhere, be anything, or do anything that would make him stand out in a crowd. He grew [&hellip... Continue Reading »

Harmonicas to Haiti Orphans

By Jaine Rodack ~ “One person with an idea, and look what can happen!” said Karen Bralove. She could have been talking about herself, but she wasn’t. She was talking about a twelve-year-old boy named Nate. Nate and Karen are two links in a long and winding chain that began with the reading of two totally different books, kicked [&hellip... Continue Reading »

Charlie Musselwhite – Harmonica Player Of The Month (Plus Q&A!)

By Jaine Rodack ~ If anyone has ever deserved the title of ‘living legend’, it’s Charlie Musselwhite. Born in Kosciusko, Mississippi, and raised in Memphis, Charlie picked up the harmonica early in life, playing where he could, whenever he could. Encouraged by bluesmen Will Shade and Furry Lewis to pursue his dream, Charlie headed for Chicago, where the blues [&hellip... Continue Reading »

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 »