Ronnie Shellist has been putting out YouTube videos of his harmonica playing and teachings since 2006,but began his musical journey in 1995 when he picked up his first harmonica. Diving in head first, Ronnie began working as a musician in Austin, Tx where he was inspired by the late great Gary Primich and other well known harmonica players and singers such as Guy Forsyth. His music has brought him all over the US and he spent 9 months in New Orleans, LA soaking up the music and culture. Since moving to Colorado in the late 90's, Ronnie has worked with such greats as BB King, Robert Cray and the Neville Brothers. The 2006 CD "Chicago Sessions", which Ronnie played on, was warmly reviewed in Blues Revue Magazine. It features some great players from Nick Moss and The Flip Tops out of Chicago, IL. Ronnie has also been featured on The Today Show in 2006 for his YouTube harmonica videos. His harmonica channel was voted as one of the top musician channels by YouTube in 2006.
Ronnie continues to work locally in Denver CO as a musician and teacher. He is the founder of www.Harmonica123.com. Ronnie's latest harmonica venture has been live online harmonica classes. He's the first to offer totally live, interactive harmonica instruction focused on blues harp. Currently, you can subscribe the the live online recordings membership to view those live classes. You can learn more here: Live Online Harmonica Classes. Ronnie's most recent release is the'til Then Backing Tracks created from one of his blues CDs.
Meet Adam Gussow
Here's a 2012 music video featuring an original instrumental composition of mine, a joyously funky blues called "Thunky Fing Rides Again." My approach to the harmonica here--it's played in third position with an unusual and prominent 5 overblow--is one reason this website is called MODERN blues harmonica:
As a blues harmonica player and teacher, Adam Gussow has few peers in the business. Currently an Associate Professor of English and Southern Studies at the University of Mississippi with a specialty in blues literature and culture, Gussow was one of the first amplified blues harp players to make overblows a key element of his stylistic approach, adapting Howard Levy's innovations in the late 1980s in a way that helped usher in a new generation of overblow masters such as Jason Ricci and Chris Michalek. According to a reviewer for American Harmonica Newsletter, Gussow's playing is characterized by "technical mastery and innovative brilliance that comes along once in a generation."
Gussow is best known for his long partnership with Mississippi-born guitarist and one-man-band Sterling "Mr. Satan" Magee as the duo Satan and Adam. After working the streets of Harlem from 1986 to 1991, Gussow and Magee duo toured internationally between 1991 and 1998. Their performing credits include the Chicago Blues Festival, the Newport Jazz Festival, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, The King Biscuit Blues Festival, the Kansas City Jazz & Blues Festival, the Philadelphia Folk Festival and RiverBlues Festival, and more, along with hundreds of club gigs. They toured with Bo Diddley and opened for Buddy Guy, David "Honeyboy" Edwards, Otis Clay, Johnny Winter, and Jimmy Thackery. They released two albums on Flying Fish Records, including the W. C. Handy-nominated Harlem Blues (1991) and Mother Mojo (1993). Later releases includeLiving on the River (1996) and, on the Modern Blues Harmonica label, Word on the Street: Harlem Recordings, 1989 (2008) and Back In The Game (2011).
In 1996 Satan and Adam were the cover story in Living Blues magazine; Gussow was, according to editor David Nelson, "the first white blues musician to be so prominently spotlighted in the magazine's 26-year history." Gussow was one of the first amplified blues harp players, in the late 1980s to make overblows a key element of his stylistic approach, adapting Howard Levy's innovations in a way that helped usher in a new generation of overblow masters such as Jason Ricci and Chris Michalek. According to a reviewer for American Harmonica Newsletter, Gussow's playing is characterized by "technical mastery and innovative brilliance that comes along once in a generation." In his recent solo debut, Kick and Stomp (2010), Gussow takes a cue from his Harlem mentor and does it all as a one-man band—singing, blowing amplified harp, and stomping out some thump-and-metal grooves. Gussow is widely known among harmonica students for his "dirty-South blues harp channel" at YouTube and his pioneering offerings in the field of digital-download video tutorials at his website, Modern Blues Harmonica (1996).