ERIC NODEN &

JOE FILISKO

Eric Noden is a singer, songwriter, and educator in addition to his growing notoriety as a new, percussive guitarist whose style is rooted in the 1920s and ’30s blues traditions of such legendary practitioners and stylists as Mississippi John Hurt, Charley Patton, Tommy Johnson and the Reverend Gary Davis. In addition to his own three solo recordings, he has performed and recorded as a member of the Sancti ed Grumblers, and he also accompanied Chicago harmonica legend Billy Boy Arnold on Billy Boy Arnold Sings Big Bill Broonzy, a critically acclaimed recording of Broonzy songs. He and harmonica wizard Joe Filisko have been performing, writing, and recording music together since 2003 and have released three recordings, of which the latest is On the Move on the RootsDuo label.

Joe Filisko is recognized as perhaps the leading expert on pre-World War II country harmonica playing in all its forms. As a researcher, teacher, inventor, in uencer, and industry consultant, he has pioneered harmonica developments, increased the knowledge base, and expanded the culture of the instrument. Filisko was named Harmonica Player of the Year by the SPAH organization in 2001, and had the honor in 2006 of performing at the Grand Ol’ Opry for the induction of harmonica star Deford Bailey into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

 

In addition to per- forming and educating through workshops nationally and internationally, he is a long-time, and well-respected, faculty member of Chicago’s Old Town School of Folk Music, and frequently performs with his musical partner and fellow faculty member, Eric Noden.

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