John Olsen

“Johnny-O”, the band leader, has been playing harmonica for over fifteen years.  Being attracted to the blues greats after seeing live performances of BB King, Buddy Guy, Junior Wells, Charlie Musselwhite, James Cotton, and others, Johnny was drawn to playing blues harmonica. He immersed himself in studying the blues harmonica greats: Big Walter Horton, Little Walter, James Cotton, Sonnyboy Williamson I and II, George Smith and others.  For some time, his dream has been to get an authentic sound out of his harmonica and establish a group that is very similar in sound to the ensembles that existed in the mid 50’s in Chicago and other cities.