New Video: Masters of the Harmonica Rick Estrin

06.04.2014

Rick Estrin, born in San Francisco, California in 1949, is an American harp player, singer and songwriter. He started to play harmonica in the early 60ies. At the age of 18 he met Rodger Collin, who became his mentor.
At the age of 20 he was invited by his friend Jerry Portnoy to come to Chicago where he met a lot of popular harp players of the Chicago Blues.

Rick Estrin ranks among the very best harp players, singers and songwriters in the blues world.

His work on the reeds is deep in the tradition of harmonica masters Sonny Boy Williamson II and Little Walter Jacobs, while at the same time pushing that tradition forward. The Associated Press calls his harp playing “endlessly impressive.”

Estrin won the 1994 Blues Music Award for his composition My Next Ex-Wife and has written songs for a growing legion of other musicians. Three of his songs found their way onto Grammy-nominated albums.

Learn more about Rick Estrin in the video!