ack of manual dexterity kept me from learning guitar when I was young, but in my late teens I picked up a harmonica—an all mouth, no fingers instrument—and took to it right away. At the time I was working at a music store in San Diego called Lou's Records, and over the next decade I traveled around the country working in record stores, collecting albums to practice along with, and busking on the street. I worked at Record Ron's in the French Quarter in New Orleans, Rough Trade in San Francisco, Tower Records in Austin, and Newbury Comics in Harvard Square in Cambridge.

grew as fast and proficient on a ten hole diatonic harmonica as any cross harp player. I swing hard, playing involved single note melodies much like a saxophone or clarinet. Over the years I've come to favor a cleaner, more acoustic tone when I play live, using an Audix Fireball microphone into an L.R. Baggs direct box into a PA, although it's still fun to fire up my tweed Bassman reissue and crank it up.

ull time instrumentalists on harmonica aren't in huge demand, though, so I began singing a capella while solo street performing—check out my version of AC/DC's "Rocker" below for an example. Alternating between playing harmonica and vocalising isn't exactly a breeze—the breathing patterns are almost exactly opposite—but I can raise a little hell as a singer. I'm always looking to hook up with good players, so if you're into playing rhythm and blues, swingin' jazz, honky tonk and bluegrass, rockabilly and 50s rock & roll, I'm your guy.








ON HARMONICA AND VOCAL

None of these MP3s are professionally recorded,
but by God they're professionally played.




COVERS
with Shiloh Hellman on guitar and piano


MYSTERY TRAIN

WILD RIDE

DRUNK


PURPLE RAIN

PETER GUNN

ROCKER (solo)




HARMONICA AND CLASSICAL GUITAR
instrumental duets recorded with acoustic fingerstyle picker Kate Taylor


STARDUST

WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD

HERE THERE AND EVERYWHERE


BLACKBIRD

WILD MOUNTAIN THYME

IN MY LIFE




SWINGIN' JAZZ
with Tom Murray and Carolyn Jane on guitar, Billy Stone on dobro


MINOR SWING



THE BUMMER BLUES BAND
live in a dive bar in San Francisco playing for an audience of one bartender
and seven drunks. Parker Ralph, Shiloh Hellman and Dave Mason on guitar


LITTLE WING


BLUE MONK




ORIGINALS
songs I wrote


GOING WALKING

NOTHING

A TAX CUT WILL CURE YOUR ILLS


HOT DIGGITY DAMN

ANTISOCIAL BEHAVIOR

GOING DOWN THE ROAD




MASHUPS
I never played with the Rolling Stones or Willie Nelson,
but it would sound really cool if I did


with the Rolling Stones
AROUND AND AROUND

with Slim Gaillard
SCOTCHIN' WITH THE SODA



with Albert Ammons and Pete Johnson
BOOGIE WOOGIE MAN

with Willie Nelson
BLUE EYES CRYIN' IN THE RAIN