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338 posts
Apr 03, 2009
10:26 AM
One of our members had the excellent suggestion that we start a thread in which we simply tell each other where we're from.

This is a little tricky for me. I've got the town in which I was born and raised; the city in which I spent 22 years and came of age as a musician; and the town in which I currently (and happily) live.

So here goes:

I was born in New York City.

I was raised in Congers, NY, a small town about 25 miles north of NYC. I'm proud of those small-town roots.

I will always be a New York blues guy at heart because I lived in NYC from 1980 to 2002, learned my trade there, and still have many friends in the NYC blues community.

I live in--these days I'm officially "from"--Oxford, Mississippi, about 80 miles from Memphis.

Please tell us where you're from.

For the record: in the past year, Modern Blues Harmonica has had hits from 135 countries around the world. (I know this thanks to google analytics.) Recently I've had a surprising number of hits from Afghanistan. I know that the preponderance of MBH visitors come from the US, UK, Canada, and Australia; Germany and the Netherlands are next down the list.

Last Edited by on Apr 03, 2009 10:27 AM
54 posts
Apr 03, 2009
10:42 AM
Lived all me life in Canada (Ottawa, Ontario)
Currently living in Kuwait.
62 posts
Apr 03, 2009
10:42 AM
Undauu-where??!! Beware the Klingons!!

I'm from Harper, MA
251 posts
Apr 03, 2009
10:54 AM
Born and raised in small town Missouri. Population 390. No joke. Want McDonalds for lunch? It is a 45 minute drive east or west, 4 hours north or south to nearest McDonalds.

Attended College in Ottumwa, Iowa

Reside in Gardner, KS
260 posts
Apr 03, 2009
11:04 AM
Grew up in Luxembourg City. Currently living in Brunswick, Germany.

germanharpist, harpfriends on Youtube
42 posts
Apr 03, 2009
11:06 AM
Born and raised in Galesburg, IL.

Spent about 20 years in Minneapolis.

Been in Birmingham, AL for 3 years now.
Digging The Dirty South.

221 posts
Apr 03, 2009
11:12 AM
do i know you Bb?
33 posts
Apr 03, 2009
11:12 AM
I am originally from NY, but now I live in Silver Spring, MD.

252 posts
Apr 03, 2009
11:15 AM
Hey Harpwrench, that's right next to Cameron isn't it?
27 posts
Apr 03, 2009
11:31 AM
Yep not too far
152 posts
Apr 03, 2009
11:37 AM
I was born in St. Louis MO.

I am currently being raised in Memphis,TN. where I have spent most of my life.
Brandon Bailey

Superchucker77's Youtube
lumpy wafflesquirt
25 posts
Apr 03, 2009
11:47 AM
The first Brit I think in this thread.
Born/raised in Bedford
now lving in Ross on Wye.

[Preston, we are lucky in not having a McD nearby as well.]
1 post
Apr 03, 2009
11:52 AM
Originally from Hull, UK - that place will give you the blues - have wandered widely, but currently reside in Leeds.. 'it's grim up north' ;-)
42 posts
Apr 03, 2009
12:29 PM
169 posts
Apr 03, 2009
12:34 PM
Hey Harpers, No prizes for sussing out my place of birth, I'm a Geordie born and bred in the greatest city on earth NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE in the glorious north east of England, Where men are men and the women are gratefull!
58 posts
Apr 03, 2009
12:53 PM
Born in Waverly,Sydney Australia (east coast),lived around the world and now(for 10yrs) am back home in Matraville Sydney Australia.
126 posts
Apr 03, 2009
12:54 PM
Southeast Pennsylvania.


Last Edited by RyanMortos on Sep 09, 2016 4:07 PM
1 post
Apr 03, 2009
1:34 PM
Hi all. Four decades on Cape Breton Island.... which is located in the north atlantic on the northern end of the province of Nova Scotia, Canada. The area is more famous for celtic music, however Blues is still popular.

My first post so I would like to say "Thanks Adam". Without your videos (YT and MBH) I would not be near the player I am today (still a long way to go yet but it's coming).
68 posts
Apr 03, 2009
1:34 PM
I was born in Arkansas. I lived in New Mexico for a few years and was in the military for a few years which took me all over. I also had a civilian job in the 1990s that took me all over the country (mostly the north-eastern seaboard) and I lived out my suitcase for a while. I'm currently living as a semi-recluse on 20 acres I own in northwest Arkansas. I'm happy here. I can turn my amp up and play my harp as loud as I want with no neighbors close enough to complain. The downside is that I don't have access to high-speed internet.
148 posts
Apr 03, 2009
1:39 PM
Born and raised in Morgan Hill, CA (just south of San Jose).

Moved to Davis, CA for college.

Moved to Toronto, ON for masters.

Moved to San Mateo CA for shits and giggles.

Currently living in Tempe(Phoenix), AZ for PhD.

Future: Who knows?

The magnificent YouTube channel of the internet user known as "isaacullah"
41 posts
Apr 03, 2009
1:50 PM
Born in Hastings Michigan, lived in Corinth Mississippi for a few years and moved to Freehold NJ in 1976. Moved to Toms River for two years when I first got married moved back to Freehold in '93.
82 posts
Apr 03, 2009
2:00 PM
Born in France ,live in Sweden since 2004.
13 posts
Apr 03, 2009
2:01 PM
Born in The Hague (yes the city of the Afghanistan international summit last tuesday where Hillary Clinton lost her dog - april fool!)
Last 20 years Living in a suburb called Rijswijk.
32 posts
Apr 03, 2009
2:09 PM
Born in west end Glasgow, still here! Scotland. -Al
153 posts
Apr 03, 2009
2:19 PM
Burbank, California. Lots of places to go hear (and play) blues. Closest blues club is Cozy's in Sherman Oaks.
Miles Dewar
281 posts
Apr 03, 2009
2:25 PM
First of all.... GO BEARS!!! Jay Cutler is comin to Chicago Baby.

Born in "Bakersfield California".

Raised in THE Greatest State in the US...
-Illinois..."Round Lake Beach..in Lake County"

I now live in Pleasant Prairie, WI....(Nice Name Huh?) It rains Ash once a year....a little power plant release I guess.

and when my woodshed burns down, I'm movin to Chicago...The greatest skate spot on earth.
---Go Bears!!! (Forget Aaron Rodgers. We got Cutler)---
31 posts
Apr 03, 2009
2:27 PM
I was Born wisconsin
Don't hold it against me please

I was Born wisconsin
Don't hold it against me please

My mom dint like it
When it would get cold and freeze

Moved to Arizona
Made out pretty good

Moved to Arizona
Made out pretty good

Now iv been blowin my blues harp
through out my neighborhood

Been liven here five years now
We think its pretty whack

Been liven here five years now
We think its pretty whack

We don't really like the desert
Every one here's on crack

Born: Madison, Wisconsin
Raised: Oregon/Brooklyn, Wisconsin
living: Tombstone, Arizona
4 posts
Apr 03, 2009
2:28 PM
Born in Easton, PA. Lived there until I moved to the Poconos in PA. I then moved to Allentown, PA then back to the Poconos. hehe

Then I moved to Myrtle Beach in 2000. Good old South Carolina. I am a professional magician here in Myrtle Beach. 3 time Myrtle Beach's "Magician of the Year".

I started blues harp last May and loving every minute of it. It was a way to kill time in between sets at the Hard Rock Park. That was my main gig last year.

That is mostly it. If you got a questions I will try my best to answer.

PS. Thanks to Adam for having such a great place to discuss our passion.
Joe Jesse
231 posts
Apr 03, 2009
2:50 PM
Born in Sydney, NSW, Australia.

Moved to Melbourne Victoria at age 11.

In my late 20s my family was transferred by my company back to Sydney for 3 years and then we were transferred to Brisbane Queensland.

These days we are retired and spend our time between our beach house at Peregian Beach near Noosa on The Sunshine Coast, Our house in Brisbane or travelling around Australia with our Caravan.

Took up playing the harp in Melbourne over 50 years ago but left it in the drawer for 50 years & only came back to harp playing 3 years ago.
Chris Jones
34 posts
Apr 03, 2009
2:53 PM
Born and raised in NE Arkansas, currenly live in Jonesboro 80 miles north of Memphis. I'm embarrassed to say I haven't visited Beale Street in a number of years, gots to get out more.
104 posts
Apr 03, 2009
3:16 PM
From the Boonies of Central Ohio:

The Village of North Lewisburg, Ohio.

I keep a cottage on Tampa Bay Fla. I will be down the next couple of weeks. Plan on going to Open Blues,night at the Green Iquana on West Shore Drive.
Anyone in that area?
32 posts
Apr 03, 2009
3:23 PM
I have lived all my life in a town just north of Seattle Washington.
156 posts
Apr 03, 2009
3:25 PM
Born in Seattle.

Raised in an area in central Washington state in the two small towns of Entiat (population 340) and Wenatchee (population 40,000).

Been living in the greater Seattle area since 1973 except for two short stints. Ten months in Spokane, Wa. and four months in Vancouver, Wa.

My current home is in a rural unincorporated area north of the little town of Snohomish, Wa. (which is a suburb of Seattle about 40 miles north of the big city). I commute every day to Seattle for work and come home to deer, racoons, rabbits, bald eagles, coyotes, and other wildlife sharing my property. It makes for a nice place to sit on the deck, smoke a cigar, drink bourbon, and play my harmonica for the wildlife. I am blessed with the serenity of quiet living while only an hour drive from some of the best music a person could enjoy. Like the song says "I'm a Lucky Man."
16 posts
Apr 03, 2009
3:35 PM
Born in Sydney, Australia.
a couple of years around London and a couple in Perth.WA
Most of my life in Wagga Wagga, NSW.

hey aussiesucker..only a few days to the Byron Bay Bluesfest..you gotta be going?
21 posts
Apr 03, 2009
3:41 PM
been in south brunswick NJ sense i was 5. im 25 now. i hate it here but its also home.
23 posts
Apr 03, 2009
4:02 PM
Born and raised in Austin, Texas, Home of The Fabulous Thunderbirds and Antones!

Now live In Rock Hill, SC, just outside of Charlotte, NC.
63 posts
Apr 03, 2009
4:04 PM
Born in SouthEastern PA.. 1936 .. in York County... a mile from the Susquehanna River....at 13 Found my first harp on the TOW-Path along the river. picked it up and played "Mammy's little Baby loves Shortn'n Bread"


Neal aka: SUNDOG
The Happy Harper
29 posts
Apr 03, 2009
4:53 PM
Born and raised in Port Credit, Ontario, Canada, now living and playing in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, eh.
79 posts
Apr 03, 2009
5:07 PM
I was born in Brooklyn, NY, and raised on Long Island. I spent most of my adult life in Brooklyn.

I am retired. For the last 14 years I live full time in an RV (motorhome). I do not have a permanent address and pay no rent. I travel about 6,000 miles a year, mostly throughout the American west. You can find me in the Arizona desert or south Florida in the winter, and in the mountains of Colorado or Utah during the summer.

I started playing Harmonica in September of 2005, and I think I'm pretty damn good at it.



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23 posts
Apr 03, 2009
5:10 PM
Air Force brat - lived everywhere.
High school and later in St Louis, MO (70's - 80's)
San Jose, CA (90's)
UC Santa Cruz a couple years
Central Coast CA wine country last 5 yrs

On my 3rd attempt to learn the harp.
72 posts
Apr 03, 2009
5:47 PM
From Newark NJ and Orange, NJ. 2 years in Army was my first trip out in 1966 including a year in Bangkok, Thailand. Lived in various places on northern NJ like Scotch Plains and Lake Hopatcong and settled in Bethlehem PA in 1987. Work in NJ for the money and live in Bethelehem PA for the environment. A good deal.

235 posts
Apr 03, 2009
6:35 PM
Phil > No unfortunately will not be heading to Byron Bay. Was in Wagga Wagga only a month ago on way back from a trip to Kosciusco which we did after Tamworth Country Music Festival.
15 posts
Apr 03, 2009
7:15 PM
I was born and raised in Wisconsin and have moved out west. No snow!!
40 posts
Apr 03, 2009
8:29 PM
grew up in western ny state. moved to texas at age 23, spent 23 years there, and moved to arkansas in early 2001. been here ever since for good or ill!
25 posts
Apr 03, 2009
8:59 PM
jaybird your life sounds awsome.
Patrick Barker
221 posts
Apr 03, 2009
10:37 PM
Laguna Hills (Orange County) California- the furthest place from California blues that's still located in Ca- people here think blues is what slaves sung in the fields and they hear blues harp and it reminds them of jail.
"Without music, life would be a mistake" -Nietzsche
645 posts
Apr 03, 2009
10:49 PM
Born in Northern California--raised in Oregon, Idaho, and Utah--mostly Utah--land of the bland.

Have lived 5 years in Clearwater Forida, 17 years in Los Angeles, California, a three-month eternity in Dallas Texas.

Now reside in Arlington Washington--about 40 miles north of Seattle. I'm tired of the rain--getting restless. . .

Last Edited by on Apr 03, 2009 10:50 PM
19 posts
Apr 03, 2009
11:10 PM
Born, raised S. Wisconsin. Navy brought me out here to California. Stayed here after discharge in late '70's. Currently living in Beaumont, CA, 80mi east of LA. Crowded freeway commute gives me lots of harp time, often with satellite radio blues channel accompaniment.
127 posts
Apr 03, 2009
11:23 PM
Born in Amsterdam (the Netherlands)
at the tender age of 23 I went to Hong Kong for 1 year,
I stayed a week..
I went to Malaysia for 5 days,
I stayed a year...
I went to Thailand for a month,
I stayed 7 years....
I went Japan for 2 months....
I stayed 24 years... and I'm still here, married and all...

I learned one thing... you never can tell.....
DutchBones Tube
223 posts
Apr 04, 2009
1:27 AM
Born in Weston-super-mare on the coast in SW England, and super it ain't.
Travelled the hippy trails in the early 70's, lived in Spain and Morocco.
Now live in Bristol UK, home of the British Harmonica Festival October 24-26 2009

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