I was born and raised in Minnesota just northeast of the twin cities on White Bear Lake. I have lived in Germany coming on about 24 years now. I cannot get rid of my Minnesotan accent though ya know. You can take the boy outa the country but not the country outa the boy. I am well traveled and have seen and have experienced a lot. Although a proud American I now consider myself a European. After you've been around you see the world from a different angle I figure.
I have a real neat wife and four lovely girls a grandaughter and grandson. I am a real lucky guy!!!
I got my first harp for my 10th birthday. I think it was an American Ace or an Old Standby. The first real song I learned was a song called "The Siene" by the Kingston Trio. I heard, "Can you play that song Far Away?" all the time. I never knew what the blues were. I really did not get into playing any blues until I met a dude at Larry Blakes in Berkeley, CA. He got me going on blues in about ten minutes. I wish I could remember his name. Ricky Kellog I think . If you are out there man - thanks!!!!! Back then Robert Cray and Tim Kaihatsu and the House Band used to play - it was a blues joint back then. A few years later I saw Clint Hoover in Frogtown at a place called the Blues Saloon. He was a young cool cat with a Darth Vader CX12. What a show!
Unfortunately my harps would stay in the drawer sometimes for months or years. I recently became involved with a German Harmonica forum called Jack-black.de. I started getting serious with it and have learned that the internet was full of teaching tools and pros that give online lessons. So I am getting better.
I invented the Groove Mic. It is a fantastic ergonomic microphone that was to be in Seydels accessory line however due to financial and red tape difficulties the mic was taken out ot their collection. The folks at Seydel are very nice people and it was a great experience to work along side them.
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I am interested in meeting you!!!