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 moved to Pittsburgh Pa when I was 12.  I was a serious classical piano student for 10 years and at 16 was accepted to train with Professor Harry Franklin, head of the music department at Carnegie Mellon University and pianist for the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. In 1998, living in the California East Bay,  I fell in love with the huge sound of Big Walter’s blues harmonica and jumped into learning to play with passion and focus.  By 2000 I had been invited to sit in with blues legend Steve Freund, and on Steve’s stage had played with Rusty Zinn,  R.J. Mischo, and Bob Welsh.

Reviewers have called my vocals “low and smoky” and mentioned my harmonica tone as “deep”.   As for me, I play the music the way I’ve always wanted to hear it.  I love filling a space with mellow old blues and watching people smile and kick back like they’re hearing an old friend.

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”.