Billy Branch

By mike ~ Billy Branch (born William Earl Branch in Illinois, October 3, 1951): After graduating from the University of Illinois, Billy’s first gig was touring with the Chicago Blues All-Stars, led by Willie Dixon. Since then he has played on over 150 albums and been nominated for and won several awards. He still appears annually at major [&hellip... Continue Reading »

Rick Estrin

By mike ~ Rick Estrin (1950, California) got his start when he had the opportunity to play on stage with Muddy Waters. Besides being an amazing harp player, Rick is considered a brilliant songwriter. Winner of the 2013 Blues Music Award for Best Instrumentalist (Harmonica), Estrin plays the blues with his band the Nightcats, who perform all around [&hellip... Continue Reading »

Robert Bonfiglio

By mike ~ Robert Bonfiglio (Pennsylvania) is an American classical harmonica player. Bonfiglio has been a concerto soloist with leading orchestras around the world, premiering major works written for harmonica. His first recording was with the New York Chamber Orchestra and featured the Villa-Lobos Harmonica Concerto, which was released to critical acclaim. In 1984 Bonfiglio one of the [&hellip... Continue Reading »

Paul Jones

By mike ~ Paul Jones (born in England February 24, 1942) turned down a gig as lead singer for Keith Richards and Brian Jones and went on to sing and play with Manfred Mann, scoring several top 10 hits before he went solo. An actor and TV host, he still plays the harmonica and was awarded Harmonica Player [&hellip... Continue Reading »

Roger Daltrey

By mike ~ Roger Daltrey (born march 1, 1944 in England) is the founder and lead singer of the Who. He has also had quite a successful solo career. Daltrey is credited as being among those who brought the harmonica into popular music. He plays a blues harp in second position. ... Continue Reading »

Roly Platt

By mike ~ Roly Platt is one of Canada’s most sought-after live and session harmonica players A versatile musician who rocks the house whenever he plays, he sits in with a variety of bands. He has also recorded many TV and radio commercials and film scores and has been nominated for and received numerous awards. Whether it’s country, [&hellip... Continue Reading »

Slim Harpo

By mike ~ Slim Harpo (born James Isaac Moore in Lousiana, January 11, 1924 – January 31, 1970): Though he worked as a truck driver, this swamp blues player was one of the most commercially successful blues artist of his time. His tunes were often recorded by bands such as Pink Floyd, the Kinks, the Rolling Stones, and [&hellip... Continue Reading »

Sonny Boy Williamson

By mike ~ Sonny Boy Williamson (born Alex Miller in Mississippi, possibly December 5, 1912 – May 25, 1965) was one of the most influential blues players of his day. He had a large fan base in England and was backed by several well-known bands, including the Yardbirds and the Animals. He hosted his own radio show for [&hellip... Continue Reading »

Carlos del Junco

By mike ~ Carlos del Junco is an international multiple-award-winning Cuban-Canadian harmonica player. He plays chromatically on a 10-hole diatonic with his high-energy jazz-styled overblow technique. He has played all the major jazz and blues festivals across Canada and the U.S. and has opened for major acts including Ray Charles. Awesome!... Continue Reading »

Willie Mae “Big Mama” Thornton

By mike ~ Willie Mae “Big Mama” Thornton (born in Alabama, December 11, 1926 – July 25, 1984) is considered one of the greatest female blues players on harmonica. She shared the stage with other harmonica greats like John Lee Hooker. She frequently used the harmonica in her stage shows and was well respected by the male-dominated blues [&hellip... Continue Reading »