Youthful harmonica prodigies have the blues

Murray sez, "I recently launched a podcast at the UK-based harmonica website The episode here features five young players aged 14-18 (with one 22-year-old to mess up our average) who are playing WAY beyond their years... and in some cases, pushing harmonica-playing into dark scary places where it was never meant to go. The podcast is a little ragged but the playing is great. I thought it pertinent to send this through after Roger Daltrey's shabby harp solo at last night's Super Bowl show. Any one of these kids could destroy Roger Daltrey with a single fog-horn like blast from their instrument. All he'd leave behind is a smoking pair of hush puppies."

Damn skippy: these kids are honkin' and smokin'.

Harmonica Podcast: The Kids Are Alright

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(Thanks, Murray!)


  1. Thanks for putting up an alternative link; is there a part two to this?

    That first kid is ridiculous. Wow.

  2. Aw, c’mon, what’s with the Roger Daltrey slam? Music is an exhibition, not a competition.

    And as an aside, I hope I still rock as hard as Daltrey does when I’m 65.

  3. I’d also add that in the vocals department, anyone capable of producing audible speech is destroying Roger Daltrey. I loved how Baba O’Riley had to be completely rearranged to accomodate his non-existent range.

  4. @BookGuy – Would you be so accomodating if he was noodling around on a drumkit or a trombone?

    @HDN – There’s a part 2 coming up with some other youngsters we’ve unearthed, but i couldn’t say when it’ll be ready to send out. Jay Gaunt is, indeed, ridiculous. Apparently he’s very popular with the girls at his school.

    1. @Murray_H

      I don’t think I follow you. Are you implying that there is some minimal skill level required on harmonica, trombone, or drums before someone is allowed to play in public? I hope that doesn’t get around. Thing of the devastation wrought on middle school concert bands alone.

      He played a decent version of the solo that was on the original record. The whole performance was a bit rough, but it worked for me, virtuoso-like harmonic ability or no.

      1. I think he meant it’s easier to spot a noob on those instruments. “Enthusiastic amateur” is the required standard with harmonica.

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