Vintage Blues

A-139-0Hello and welcome.  I’m Beth Kohnen  ( sounds like “Conan”) , American blues harmonica player and vocalist. 

I grew up in Portland Maine and Pittsburgh Pa and was a serious classical piano student for many years, studying with the head of the music department at Carnegie Mellon University when I was 16.   In college I fell in love with  Big Walter Horton’s deep blues and started playing harmonica with the same passion and focus I gave my piano.  By 2000 I was siting in with blues legend Steve Freund, and had shared a stage with Rusty Zinn,  R.J. Mischo, and Bob Welsh. Currently I have my own band and play throughout the California East Bay.  I’ve also taken my music to Paris,  Florence, Dublin, and Scotland.

Reviewers call my vocals “low and smoky” and call my harmonica tone “deep”.   I love filling a space with mellow old blues and watching people smile and kick back like they’re hearing an old friend.  My style fits equally in Jazz and Blues venues.

Here are a few clips from a performance at the Freight and Salvage with Willy Jordan on cajon, Roscoe Gallo on piano and Michael Warren on bass.  It was a lovely night.   There are more video clips on the website under ‘Music”.