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A serious harmonica player

February 3, 2010 - Cindy Votruba
A big, burly, long-haired guy carrying a case strolled into Shay’s Saturday night during karaoke. Apparently he’s familiar to the deejays, so they were glad to see him. All of a sudden, he opens the case and starts jamming on a harmonica to Ross singing “Blue on Black” by Kenny Wayne Shepherd. In fact, his case contained several harmonicas.

The man, Doug (I only caught his first name) has been playing harmonica since he was 10 years old and what I gathered, he’ll be 57 this year. Someone would go up and do a song and Doug would quickly look through his case, trying to find the right harmonica to fit in with the song’s key. Heck, he even played along with a Salt-n-Pepa song. The deejays, Mike and Chris, even let him do a solo to “House of the Rising Sun.” Doug impressed the group of karaoke regulars that night. I just wish he lived in the area. He’d make a great story.


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