[Harp-L] Jenny Lewis
Tue Sep 6 11:29:54 EDT 2016
Was reading a Jenny Lewis interview last Friday in the Chicago Tribune.
For those who don't know the name; Jenny Lewis is a very successful
singer/songwriter/recording artist. She's a national act, a headliner,
several million YouTube plays, etc. Wouldn't be a stretch to call her a
Wasn't expecting to find a harmonica reference in the interview. Found
this one kind of interesting and even a bit poignant:
Q: Your 2014 album "The Voyager" was written in the wake of your father's
death. Can you tell me about him?
A: He was a musician, a harmonica prodigy. He started on the road when
he was 12 or 13 with a group called the Harmonicats. He met my mother in
Los Angeles at the musicians union. There was a bulletin board (with job
listings). A Las Vegas lounge act was looking for a singer and a harmonica
player. My parents drove out there separately and joined the band Love's
Way. My mother and father split up when I was 1 or 2 years old, so I never
saw him when I was growing up. I always wondered about him. That's where
my songwriting began---the very first song I wrote when I was 10 years old
was about my father.
Q: Were you able to get to know him later in life?
A: At the end of his life he got very sick. My half-brother in the
Midwest took him in and we all got the opportunity to hang out for the
first time. It was really a luxury to do that. Then my father passed
away. He was inspiring. He was a true show-biz person.
Did a bit of research and found out Jenny's dad was the late Eddie
Gordon. Gordon was a legend among the old-time players. I've heard his
name mentioned many times at past SPAH conventions; always with reverence
and affection. He played all the harmonica models well but was best known
for his chord playing.
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