Mon, 12 December 2011
Tom Aczel is a world class harmonica player. He is in a band called Tavern Tan and has been one of my musical mentors for several years now. Tom, along with Doug Ashby and Dave Joachim, are the guys that convinced me that starting this podcast was something that I would be good at. Their encouragement gave me the confidence to go for it. He has been a strong supporter of the show, and I couldn't wait to have him on. He has so many cool stories. We talked about his approach to songwriting, growing up in New York, and the devastating illness that he has since recovered from. I learned a lot about Tom during this interview and I respect even more than I did before. He has such a strong knowledge of the blues and its impact on modern music. Tom and Doug also ran the monthly Blues Jam at Godfrey Daniels for many years, and we spent some time talking about the good times that we had there. Tavern Tan plays out often in the Lehigh Valley area. Learn more about them at http://taverntan.com/home.html. Enjoy!