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Guests for harmonica Chat? Who do you want?

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Civet Cat
Jan 20, 2009 3:49 AM GMT
Hey guys one of the great things about being a pro player is I can get almost anyone to come here and chat with you guys.
As some of you may know H.S. is going to start featuring weekly chats with special guests hosts for your inquiring minds. Dave Payne will eventually be doing a regular Tuesday chat centered around customizing tips, secrets, tools and other Payne related material like guns.
In the future I will be scheduling pro players who might not regularly participate in such activities paying them $'s if I have to and getting you guys and gals online with them. like I said I know most the guys are friends with a handful and might could get a couple more of the big boys with some help. do you know any players? Put 'em in touch with me we'll hook it up.
So who do you want? let me know I'll try and get 'em for you!

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Jan 20, 2009 6:26 AM GMT
OrthodoxBlues Replied:

Jason, I'd love to chat with Charlie Musselwhite, but otherwise, surprise us!

Jan 20, 2009 1:03 PM GMT
Elk River Replied:

Jason Ricci, Wally Peterman, Phil Caltabellotta, George Miklas...

Jan 20, 2009 3:36 PM GMT
Zack P Replied:

I'd really like customizers (which I know is already happening) but maybe Adam Gussow? He seems to know a lot and was the link to new and old in my humble opinion :)

Jan 20, 2009 4:01 PM GMT
Zack P Replied:

Amp builders, too!!!

Jan 20, 2009 5:56 PM GMT
M N Replied:

Customizer Rupert Oysler, Charlie McCoy, P.T. Gazell

Jan 20, 2009 7:38 PM GMT
DukeofEarl Replied:

Gussow would be cool. Stevie Wonder?????? :-)

Jan 20, 2009 7:38 PM GMT
DukeofEarl Replied:

Oh yeah, Brendan Power.

Jan 20, 2009 8:18 PM GMT
Zack P Replied:

Stevie Wonder? hahaha, nice.

Jan 20, 2009 9:16 PM GMT
Elk River Replied:

Rupert is a member of harmonicaspace, you can request his friendship and stuff. He is Rupert O.

Jan 20, 2009 9:28 PM GMT
Brutus Maximus Replied:

Mark Wenner. A killer harp player and super nice guy. Shamefully underrated, even by other harp players.

Corky Siegel.

James Harman.

Maybe you could use a Ouija board to channel the spirits of harpists who've moved on the the great jam session in the sky--imagine a roundtable discussion between Little Walter, William Clarke, and Sam Myers on the political ramifications of reed gapping. Or not.

Jan 20, 2009 10:42 PM GMT
Zack P Replied:

Joe Filisko. Even though the possibility is...Well, it wouldn't happen :-P

Jan 21, 2009 2:07 AM GMT
Frank V Replied:

When you say "chat with us" mean by what means?

Just standard posts? Live room?

Jan 21, 2009 2:40 AM GMT
Civet Cat Replied:

Yeah Frank live chat scheduled in the Chat Room here on H.S. exactly, just come into the chat room and the chat would revolve around the guest and questions for the guest.

Jan 21, 2009 4:26 AM GMT
Brutus Maximus Replied:

Col. J.D. Wilkes of Th' Legendary Shack*Shakers

Jan 22, 2009 1:08 PM GMT
Brutus Maximus Replied:

Mark Sallings (after he heals from his recent shoulder surgery).

Jan 22, 2009 1:18 PM GMT
Kingley Replied:

Dennis Gruenling, Steve Guyger, David Barrett, Joe Filisko, Richard Sleigh.

Jan 22, 2009 1:48 PM GMT
eric h Replied:

madcat ruth, rick estrin

Jan 22, 2009 2:02 PM GMT
Elk River Replied:

Rick Epping.

Jan 22, 2009 2:35 PM GMT
Diggs Replied:

Robert Bonfiglio.
Would love to hear what it's like to play
in front of an orchestra.

Jan 22, 2009 4:04 PM GMT
Judge Replied:

Hi everyone!
Mr Estrin and Mr Portnoy!

Jan 22, 2009 4:37 PM GMT
Bluesie Replied:

I'd like to hear Steve Guyger for one. Pierre Lacocque too...

Jan 22, 2009 4:38 PM GMT
Bluesie Replied:

And, maybe, Sebastien Charlier. Christelle too!

Jan 23, 2009 9:22 PM GMT
shahar Replied:

i'd like chat with carlos del junco

Jan 23, 2009 11:45 PM GMT
Civet Cat Replied:

Thanks guys here's a report back on some of the suggestions Christelle will most certainly be featured at some point but keep coming in she like me is in there all the time as for the others::

No Problem/probably/seriously more than likely

1.) Mad Cat

2.) Rick Estrin

3.) Robert Bonfiglio

4.) Richard Sleigh

5.) Dennis Gruenling

6.) PT Gazaell

7.) Wally Peterman (been having computer problems)

8.) Brendan Power

9.) Rupert Oysler

10.) Adam Gussow.

so these are the first ten guys that I'm fairly sure we willl get here, I know them all personally some for many years so I will start the scheduling tonight. The other guys I might not know that well need contact info for, or in Joe Filisko's case simply do not use computers at all. Keep the suggestions coming in the mean time I'm going to start working on these ten and get some concrete dates and times for you guys!

Jan 25, 2009 5:37 PM GMT
Brutus Maximus Replied:

Rad Winters, author of Blind Owl Blues: the Mysterious Life and Music of Alan Wilson

Jan 26, 2009 8:00 PM GMT
Adam G Replied:

This may seem a weird thing to point out, but if I'm not wrong, not a single black harp player has been mentioned so far in this thread.

If this website were devoted to leading a Fortune 500 company (only six black CEO's out of 500) then that absence wouldn't seem quite so weird. But most of us here are blues harmonica players, in one form or another. So the complete and total lack of interest in living African-American harp players--even when most folks here would invoke Sonny Boy, Little Walter, Sonny Terry, etc., as essential influences--most certainly IS weird.

I hate to have to be the one to point this out. But somebody has to keep things honest.

So here's another list of possible invites:

1) Billy Branch

2) Sugar Blue

3) Billy Boy Arnold

4) Phil Wiggins

These guys are all alive, they're all friendly, they're all easily find-able, and they're all great players.

Jan 26, 2009 8:01 PM GMT
Adam G Replied:

Stevie Wonder has been mentioned. My bad. That's a start.

Jan 26, 2009 8:04 PM GMT
Kingley Replied:

Yeah Phil Wiggins would be great!!!!

Jan 27, 2009 10:43 AM GMT
rustym Replied:

Kim Wilson!!

Jan 27, 2009 10:54 AM GMT
Brutus Maximus Replied:

One thought--most of the old guys probably aren't too comfortable with computers, especially the rapid-fire pace of a Live Chat session. I'd say those sessions should be moderated in some way so the guest isn't totally alienated....

Jan 27, 2009 11:33 AM GMT
Kingley Replied:

John Nemeth, Jean Jacques Milteau, Tom Ball, Mitch Kashmar, Chris Michalek, Bharath Rajakumar, Steve Baker, Mark Hummel, wow the list is just endless.

I just realised Chris and Steve are already on HS.
If you only buy one harp book it should be Steve Bakers "Harp Handbook". It's got so much info in it!!

Jan 27, 2009 11:24 PM GMT
Chris F Replied:

Kim Wilson, James Cotton, Ronnie Shellist, Adam Gussow.

Thanks for getting this going Jason!

Jan 29, 2009 9:42 AM GMT
Isaac R Replied:

Nigel Mack

Jan 31, 2009 11:06 AM GMT
Blind Bob Replied:

If you start this sort of thing Jason, I will have to quit my job so as not to miss anything. Thanks for making me unemployed and poor. How am I gonna explain this to the little woman? Or.... a laptop and free wifi in the truck....Now I'm late for deliveries and fired. Again, thanks for making me unemployed and poor.

Jan 31, 2009 11:08 AM GMT
Blind Bob Replied:

But, very much enlightened.

Jan 31, 2009 7:21 PM GMT
Shawn R Replied:

It's been said several times, but---Dennis Gruenling!

Jan 31, 2009 8:58 PM GMT
Zack P Replied:

Adam I don't think anything is going on. Just naming modern players. Black or not.

Feb 01, 2009 2:00 PM GMT
Oldwailer Replied:

So--here comes Tuesday--are we gonna get the Dave P show--or maybe somebody else? How 'bout Sugar Blue?

Feb 02, 2009 1:11 AM GMT
Rafa Replied:

Wow, I can't wait for these chats, when do they start, Jason?

Feb 05, 2009 2:04 AM GMT
Brown Ale Guy Replied:

Norton Buffalo

Feb 05, 2009 7:37 AM GMT
Louis Lam Replied:

Kim Wilson...I'm sure he has been mentioned. Also John Nemeth. How about RJ Mischo? Love his playing

Feb 05, 2009 8:26 AM GMT
Civet Cat Replied:

Hey Guys Most these cats are way possible. Our first Guest Will be Richard Sleigh! I will be announcing the date this week. And Line up some more of these suggestions right away!

Feb 05, 2009 10:36 AM GMT
John P Replied:

Sugar Blue, Sugar Blue, Sugar Blue!

Feb 05, 2009 1:19 PM GMT
The Iceman Replied:

Carlos del Junco, who has influenced a lot of new young and one or two professional players, according to my ears....

Feb 05, 2009 4:47 PM GMT
Kingley Replied:

Excellent choice Jason! I can't wait!!

Feb 05, 2009 7:10 PM GMT
Civet Cat Replied:

I'd love to get Carlos ...I definitly call him and ask!

Feb 05, 2009 7:47 PM GMT
deshiblue Replied:

Hey Jason

I think ben Bouman would be cool he has some innovative ideas about health and wind for the harp. Just my opinion

Feb 06, 2009 12:19 PM GMT
FatJim Replied:

I'm guessing as an older guy, he might not be too comfortable with the medium of a chatroom, but wouldn't it be great to chat with James Cotton?

Feb 09, 2009 3:54 AM GMT
Brady Mills Replied:

HarmonicaSpace's first Celebrity Webinar
Richard Sleigh

Please register by visiting your user homepage and click the link under "Important Messages." It is $5.00 to attend this webinar, and worth soooo much more.

If it's too late/early in your part of the world, please keep in mind that we will be doing more webinars in the future at different times to try and accommodate everyone. We set this webinar's time/date using the information we gathered from our Celebrity Webinar survey!


Feb 11, 2009 10:44 PM GMT
Brady Mills Replied:

Richard Sleigh Webinar Postponed. Please stay tuned for more info about a rescheduled date/time.

Feb 12, 2009 3:20 AM GMT
Stephen S Replied:

Rod Piazza!

Feb 12, 2009 4:07 AM GMT
Oisin Replied:

Jello Biafra!

Feb 12, 2009 2:18 PM GMT
André D Replied:

Howard Levy !!!

Feb 12, 2009 2:53 PM GMT
FatJim Replied:

Jello Biafra! LOL!

Feb 12, 2009 5:45 PM GMT
Oisin Replied:

He needs to know how good "Holiday in Cambodia" and "I kill Children" would have sounded if they had a little blues harp added in there.
"Too Drunk to F**K"?? Well there's a blues song if I ever heard one. I have experience of that one myself although "I'm drunk enough to f**K you" would probably be more acurate.

Feb 12, 2009 6:26 PM GMT
FatJim Replied:

Have you heard "Prairie Home Invasion" with Mojo Nixon?

Feb 12, 2009 7:42 PM GMT
Oisin Replied:

No but I'm gonna find it and give it a good hard listen to.
Have you heard a compliation album he helped compile called "Incredibly Strange Music"? Excellent stuff on there, especially a guy called Ken Nordine who does some beat poetry about colours to some cool jazz. AS you can see from my age Jim I grew up with punk in Northern Ireland...Stiff little fingers, Undertones etc. I love Blues but you never forget your first love.


Feb 12, 2009 10:30 PM GMT
Steve B Replied:

Mitch Kashmar would be great - especially for the tounge blockers
Mark Hummell would be another
Dave Barrett if he is willing to do a teching session on organizing a solo ect.

Feb 12, 2009 10:59 PM GMT
FatJim Replied:

Hey Oisin...

I was a teenage punk too, and although I lived on the mainland it was definitely the Ulster bands that topped my list - Xdreamysts too remember them? SLF are my all time favourite band! The opening guitar riff of "Alternative Ulster" still makes the hair on my neck stand up. Everyone presumes my son is named after Belushi's half of the Blues Brothers, but he's actually named after Jake Burns. (Sorry for threadjacking folks - normal service will now commence)

Feb 12, 2009 11:06 PM GMT
FatJim Replied:

Anyway back to the thread. someone said Rick Estrin. I'll second that.

Feb 14, 2009 12:08 AM GMT
Randy S Replied:

Ill second Jello Biafra,John Lydon or Iggy Pop!!Wouldnt that be fun, taking abuse from John Lydon?

Feb 14, 2009 4:36 AM GMT
Joe L Replied:

Billy Branch, Sugar Blue, Billy Boy Arnold. Billy Branch used to chat with people on his Yahoo group.

Feb 14, 2009 8:58 AM GMT
Patrice R Replied:

Mick Kinsella, Brendan Power, Rick Epping, Joe Filisko, [Jean-Jacques Milteau ;) ...] ...
(The problem is more for the date...if you set the T'chat between a Monday Morning and a Saturday Mid time because people working on the opposite side of the earth would not be able to be present...)

Feb 14, 2009 8:59 AM GMT
Patrice R Replied:

Oups..Forgot Carlos Del Junco for sure !

Feb 14, 2009 9:51 AM GMT
Kingley Replied:

Mmmm I have been giving this time difference thing quite a bit of thought. Obviously whatever the time or day it would doubtless be unsuitable for someone somewhere.

Maybe a possible solution is that instead of a live chat/ webinar, all the interested people for a certain guest, paid $5 in advance and emailed say for example 2 questions to Brady and Jason.
Who then arranged for someone to ask the guest all the questions and recorded the interview.

Then a link is emailed to all the people who paid to download the interview. Then the interviews could also be loaded onto a webpage and made available for download at a set price.

This might be an answer to the time zone problem and might also generate a (albeit small) revenue for the upkeep of HarmonicaSpace as well.

Feb 14, 2009 11:00 AM GMT
Patrice R Replied:

I think the idea of Kingley is interresting...

Feb 14, 2009 11:51 AM GMT
Brutus Maximus Replied:

Kingley's proposal sounds like a good format. Most of us don't have the free time in our lives to commit to being in front of our computer for a set period of time. Hell, that's what many/most of us do eight hours a day--it's called work. Having moderators ask guests questions submitted by users would give the session more structure than would be possible in the free-for-all of a live chat, and give the guests more time to expand on their answers.

Feb 16, 2009 2:49 PM GMT
Brutus Maximus Replied:

Ron Holmes

Feb 16, 2009 3:21 PM GMT
Bluesie Replied:

The Kingley suggestion, altough, like any solutions, not perfect, represents the best compromise IMHO. Here, we got a site that has been able to regroup people and players around the world. I work at night and many of my friends here are english, polish, chinese, french, australian and from many other places. Even here in America, we have difference of 4 hours from west to east... Many will always be frustrated by it. Plus the working hours of many of us.

I join Brutus in the Ron Holmes choice too, the maker of HarpCommander III, a very good product in general but that could be upgraded. I, personaly possess one, know some who doe also and, we all have similar thoughts about it.

Most of the players or many, at least are here while those technician, customisers, amp builders and others alike are behind the many changes in the general playing.


Feb 16, 2009 9:49 PM GMT
Deacon Blues Replied:

I still like the idea of a live interactive chat. Why don't we try to schedule these on the weekend, even in the wee hours of the morning to accomidate our friends in Australia, Europe, and Japan. Kingley's idea is a good one but the element of spontaneity will be lost.

Feb 28, 2009 9:54 PM GMT
Lisa K Replied:

I think Dennis Gruenling would be great

Mar 01, 2009 8:59 AM GMT
Brady Mills Replied:


Very interesting suggestion. I had not read this until now, but earlier tonight I was talking to a friend of mine who is a very, very well experienced Interactive Marketing expert. She asked about the Richard Sleigh webinar, as she has been keeping tabs on HarmonicaSpace. I explained to her some of the technical issues we ran into, and although her response was directly aimed at the technical side of things, her advice was very similar to yours.

This is certainly something we will consider. We may still have interactive chats as well, but perhaps structured a little differently than the Richard Sleigh seminar :-)

Thanks to all of you for your suggestions and thoughts. They are all very helpful, very insightful and help tremendously to keep HarmonicaSpace growing. After all, this site is for you and our goal is to provide you with the best possible experience. I hope we continue to achieve a high experience level in all we do.

PS. You can now view the board feed without logging in, by going to

This is a live RSS feed of the message board, so if you have a feed reader or better yet, Apple Mail, add it. Apple Mail IMHO works best for reading RSS feeds.

Mar 01, 2009 10:14 AM GMT
Kingley Replied:


I'm certain that you'll find a user friendly solution to the minor glitches that you encountered with the webinar.

Thank you for the recommendation of using Apple Mail as an RSS reader. I can't believe I've never tried it!