Harmonicast with Bob Kessler from WGN Plus
Harmonicast Episode 16 | Phil Alvin
Phil Alvin, in addition to being harmonica player, is an incredible singer, advanced set theorist and great storyteller. His powerful voice was first heard by much of the public in the Blasters, a band he and his brother Dave Alvin founded in the late 70s. This, after years of tutelage performing alongside Big Joe Turner, T-Bone Walker, Lee Allen and other musical greats Dave and Phil met while growing up in Downey, California. Phil talks about taking harmonica lessons from […]
Harmonicast Episode 15 | Karen Mantler, singer, songwriter, pianist, organist AND chromatic harmonica player
Karen Mantler is a singer, songwriter, pianist, organist AND chromatic harmonica player who got her professional start at age 10 playing glockenspiel with Carla Bley (the jazz composer and arranger who also happens to be her mother). She’s made a handful of wonderful records including her most recent, Business is Bad which showcases her highly personal, often humorous and sometimes deeply touching lyrics along with her piano and harmonica playing. We talk about her musical upbringing, her...
Harmonicast Episode 12 | Mickey Raphael
Mickey Raphael’s playing has been an essential element of the music of Willie Nelson and Family for more than 40 years. He’s also performed alongside some of the biggest names in music and has recorded on sessions for many of them. We talk about his open, organic approach to performing with Willie, his ever-expanding influences, his love road biking when he’s on the road, and the new Highwaymen collection he produced....
Harmonicast | Peter Hope-Evans
Peter Hope-Evans has performed with Who songwriter and guitarist Pete Townshend since the 1970s but they’ve been friends even longer. He’s also been a part of the blues duo Medicine Head, guitarist Robbie McIntosh’s band, and the Blues Club Band. Peter’s unbridled playfulness and joy is apparent not only in his music making but in how he speaks about making music with Townshend over the years, learning from harmonicas (or “organs of the mouth” as he calls them), and his […]