The harmonica greats of country and bluegrass, who are your favorites? Check out some of mine below. (If you want to learn more about the history of the genre then here’s an interesting written piece on country and bluegrass)

The Godfather of country and bluegrass,

Charlie Mccoy

Jelly Roll Johnson

is a Nashville studio musician who has recorded with some great musicians like Randy Travis, Kenny Rogers, Tim McGraw and the Judds. (Check out this fantastic lesson with Jelly Roll Johnson)

Deford Bailey

was an American country music and blues star from the 20s to 40s, one of the true early innovators of harmonica country music:

Mickey Raphael

Willie Nelson’s harp player, Mickey Raphael, has been killin’ it for decades. Here he is performing with The Wild Feathers:

The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band are one of the most popular bluegrass bands, featuring the awesome

Jimmie Fadden

Not only on harmonica but on drums too:

Terry Mcmillan

The unmistakable figure that is Terry McMillan, master of so many genres not least country. Here he is performing a classic gospel song with his own country twist:


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