Author Archive

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 »

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 »