Brandon Bailey is a young harmonica master from
Memphis, Tennessee. Some might even call him a teen sensation. In 2008
he rose through the ranks of several hundred contestants to make the
finals of the Orpheum Star Search competition in Memphis, then won the
finals by performing the J. Geils Band's harmonica showpiece, "Whammer
Jammer," with the house band. In the aftermath of that victory, and with
the help of occasional YouTube postings and an appearance at last year's
Society for the Preservation and Advancement (SPAH) meeting, Brandon has
put the harmonica world on notice: there's a new kid on the block.
Brandon began playing the harmonica when his grandmother told him that
his great-grandfather used to play train songs on the blues harp.
Recently, Brandon adapted the post modern harp-boxing style made famous
by Son of Dave: blues riffs intertwined with beat-box rhythms. Although
still in his teens, he's already played with some of the best harmonica
players and bands in the country including Adam Gussow of Satan and
Adam, Jason Ricci and New Blood,
Charlie Wood, and Blind Mississippi
Morris. He has performed at B.B. Kings Blues Club in Memphis, The Rum
Boogie Cafe, The Orpheum Theater in Memphis,TN the Arkansas Blues and
Heritage Festival in Helena, The Mid South Fair, and the Jefferson
Awards in Washington D.C.