B1 was honored to have Nashville harmonica ace, Buddy Greene, visit class last night. Buddy shared wonderful stories and soundbites covering the evolution of his playing since he came on the scene in the 1970s. From his early influences of Jimmie Fadden (Nitty Gritty Dirt Band) and long-time hero and friend, Charlie McCoy, to demonstrating his love for playing all types of music (country, bluegrass, Irish, gospel), Buddy revealed his amazingly skillful and soulful musicianship. Not to mention, he's one of the nicest people on the planet.
Very special thanks to Harlan Terson, "The Blues Person", for joining the B1 Blues Band on bass last night backing Buddy.
And let's start lobbying the Old Town School to book Buddy for a performance on the big stage sometime soon. Thanks, Buddy!
Pat Missin Visits B1 in Two Weeks!!!
Pat Missin, harmonica player, teacher, technician, historian, will be in class on Monday, September 12. Pat has a vast knowledge of the history of mouth blown free reed instruments. Visit Pat's website to brush on some of the insight he'll bring to B1 in two weeks.
Get Your Tickets Before It's Too Late!!!
Get your tickets to the bash now before they sell out. And don't forget to share this link with all your blues-loving friends. Let's pack the house!
Also, we've created a Facebook Event for the Bash: Invitation. If you're on Facebook, please be sure to do two things: 1) click "attending" 2) "Share" this event with any and all your friends!
Kirk "Jelly Roll" Johnson to Visit B1!!!
Another amazing, Nashville-based harmonica player will grace B1's big red carpet. Kirk "Jelly Roll" Johnson will visit B1 on Monday, October 3. Jelly Roll Johnson has recorded with a long list of popular country artists such as Trisha Yearwood, Kenny Rogers, Guy Clark, Lee Ann Womack, and many others. His unique sound has been heard on over 50 gold and platinum albums, including three Grammy winning albums by Randy Travis. Learn more about Jelly Roll Johnson and mark your calendars now!
See Shoji Naito in France!!!
Check out this great intro video of B1's own Shoji Naito blowing harp before Eddy Clearwater hits the stage at a blues festival in France back in July.
Remember: no class next week due to the Labor Day holiday.
Hear One of Joe Filisko's Early Influences!!!
Joliet Joe uncovered this short video featuring the story and playing of one of Joe's early influences, Lyle Faught. A one-time resident of Wheaton, Illinois, Lyle's been playing harmonica for more than 76 years!