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

By Justin Norton ~ 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... Continue Reading »

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

By Justin Norton ~ 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... Continue Reading »

Q&A: Richard Hunter on Breaking Boundaries with the Diatonic Harmonica

By Justin Norton ~ If you want to take your harmonica playing outside of the traditional blues, rock and country paths, there are plenty of examples to follow. Simply visit one of the popular Facebook forums and listen to a wealth of brilliant jazz and classical harmonica playing, not to mention other unexpected genres. This was not always the [&hellip... Continue Reading »

Aki Kumar and the Quest for the Holy Tone (Exclusive Interview)

By Justin Norton ~ For the past decade, the India-born vocalist and harmonica player Akarsha “Aki” Kumar has left an increasingly larger imprint on the blues world and the harmonica community. Kumar learned to play at David Barrett’s famous School Of The Blues in San Jose, California and then started to gig regularly in the Bay Area, eventually forming [&hellip... Continue Reading »