It’s our 7th year doing the Harmonica Hoedown in Chicago, a tribute to our beloved instrument. This year features special guest & Nashville legend PT Gazell. As always, harmonica pioneer Joe Filisko, the realest of the real dealers on blues, Cajun and many other styles, is part of it.
Also (and I’m very excited about this) it’s a new, all-harmonica trio featuring James Conway, Graham Nelson and myself!
It all goes down at Martyr’s in Chicago, 8pm on 2/28. See you there!
I launched this podcast earlier this year and have enjoyed intimate conversations with great harmonica players like Howard Levy, James Conway, P.T. Gazell, James Conway, Graham Nelson, Mickey Raphael, Catriona Sturton, John Kerkhoven, Peter Hope-Evans, Todd Parrott, Steve Baker, Karen Mantler, Yuri Lane, and Corky Siegel.
The best way to have these conversations on music, creativity and life is in-person (although Skype has allowed some otherwise impossible interviews to take place).
And I’m continuing to create more. I just found out from Nashville legends Charlie McCoy, Buddy Greene and Jelly Roll Johnson that they’d like to appear on Harmonicast. The best way to make the most of these conversations is to head to Music City.
If you contribute on Kickstarter, you’ll receive these three special Harmonicast episodes in December.
It’s hard to believe it’s the 5th time we’ve done this! Seems like we just got started – this is again a showcase of some of the best harmonica players in Chicago: Joe Filisko, James Conway, Graham Nelson. This year’s special guest is the first time we’ve had an international performer as our special guest – the fantastic Catriona Sturton!
The Hideout Chicago – March 13th, 7pm
Turnspit is my new favorite rock band. They’re a high-energy, tight ensemble that can turn on a dime, sing meaningful lyrics, and even have the good taste to add harmonica on a tune when it calls for it! I’m on their new single “Lamplighters.”
Sound designer and composer Joe Cerqua did a brilliant job of writing music with layers of harmonica (surprisingly, he’s NOT a harp player!) It’s the second Steinbeck theatrical piece I’ve contributed music to. The show runs starting 1/19 at the Milwaukee Repertory Theater.
A new solo ep-length collection of 6 original pieces. All were recorded on various diatonic harmonicas/bass harmonica.
Thanks to all who attended the August residency at the Hideout. As H/O owner/manager Tim Tutten and I were talking about before the first performance, the series is to allow Hideout regulars (such as myself) who might have played the club before as a sideman but want to try out some news ideas. And, there were many ideas…solo looping on original pieces, new arrangements of pieces by great artists I admire, performances with projected images, plus working with dynamic duet partners like Yuri Lane (the Human Beatbox), the wonderful, soulful Weldon Anderson whose support and friendship helped me shape each evening. Not to mention old friends like Joe Filisko, Graham Nelson and the BlackWilloughbys. Thanks to all who accompanied on stage and in the audience!
Thanks to the Chicago Reader for this nice bit of ink!
A collection of recordings from the last 2-3 years: at the Grand Ole Opry with Whisperin’ Bill Anderson, Americana group the BlackWilloughbys, along with some solo pieces.
Composer Ricky Ian Gordon‘s score of the opera version of the Steinbeck classic “The Grapes of Wrath” includes harmonica and bass harmonica. I’ll be performing in February/March at Northwestern University. Find out more here.