Exclusive Interview with Charlie McCoy

Charlie McCoy How did you discover the bluesharp ?
~ I got my first harp at age 8 with 50 cents and a box top out of a comic book add.

If everything would be possible (waking the dead included) , which bluesharp player would you invite for a jam session?
~ Little Walter, He was the master of the blues.

What is your favorite bluesharp brand / type and tell us why?
~ I play Hohner Special 20

What are the most important tips you can give to someone who wants to learn to play the bluesharp?
~ Listen to a lot of different players. If you want to play blues, there are good instructions from Jon Gindick and also one from Don Baker. If you want to play country, get mine.

How do you clean your harps?
~ I don't clean harps. When they go bad I throw them away.

Describe the ultimate recording studio (not the technique but the facilities)
~ I don't think much about "ultimate studios" I have worked in so many over the last 54 years that the important thing is the sound.

Are you still nervous before going on stage and if so, do you use any "rituals" to calm you nerves.
~ The last time I was nervous was in the late 70s when I played the US National Anthem at a sold out Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh.

What was the most memorable day in your musical career and tell us why.
~ 2009, my induction into the Country Music Hall Of Fame.

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Answers given on January 11, 2016