2017 Blues Music Award Nominee!
I am very honored to tell you that I am up for a 2017 Blues Music Award in the Instrumentalist-Harmonica category! This is the first time I have been nominated, and right alongside some my favorite players. The results will depend on the votes, and YOU can vote for this if you would like. If you are a member of the Blues Foundation, you immediately qualify to vote. If not, it’s quick and easy on the pocket to be one. Check out the information here – Blues.org – and THANK YOU all for your consideration with this award!
“Ready Or Not” is out with the VizzTone label group!
My new all-original CD is out with the VizzTone label group (available on this site, CD Baby, Amazon and everywhere else)…and this time not only is at all originals rooted in the 1950’s Rhythm & Blues/early Rock & Roll vein, but I’m also handling all the vocals – SAY WHAT?!? That’s right, you heard me (or at least, you will now, lol!) While working on these tracks, aside from hearing from countless friends and fans tell me that I should sing for the past couple decades, I was making the demos and working out the tunes and gave it a go…and I just stuck with it. If you dig what I’ve been doing for the past number of years with Doug Deming (who is of course on this disc) and my Jump Time records, you will likely dig this mix of 50’s styled blues & roots music…with influences ranging from 1950’s rock & roll and rhythm & blues artists such as John Lee Hooker, Fats Domino, Louis Jordan, Chuck Berry and more. I’ll be updating the site with some reviews that are coming in…check’em out & grab the disc when you can!!
JAZZ-BLUES.COM “Harmonica wizard Dennis Gruenling has a new release on VizzTone, “Ready Or Not”…another highly enjoyable recording”
NOW DIG THIS “…the material, musicianship and delivery is so good that this is an irresistible experience…and find it far more rockin’ than many of the bands I see passed off as rockin’ bands on the current rock n roll scene.”
REFLECTIONS IN BLUE “Not only does he play some of the finest harmonica I have heard since the days of the old masters, he has written all of the recording’s 13 tunes and, he steps up to the microphone and shows himself as a top-notch vocalist…Be prepared to become a lifelong fan”
IL POPOLO DEL BLUES “…a variety that is exemplary manifesto of great technical ability of Gruenling and its melodic and inventive style…” (translated)
BMAN’S BLUES REPORT “…it’s a barn burner…Little Sugar is a pure rock n’ roller…sizzling blues/jazz number Think Twice is smoking hot with Gruenling riffing out on harp followed by vocal lead…”
MAKING A SCENE “This is R’n’B, rock n’ roll, and jump blues at its finest. On the opener “Knockin’ My Knees” Gruenling sings several verses before even pickin’ up a harp and his vocal is right on the money.”
BLUES MAGAZINE “Dennis is initially known for its fabulous harmonica technique, but in the meantime he is also nice with his singing skills…a topper on all fronts, no wonder he wins prizes regularly and has secured the necessary awards”
ELMORE MAGAZINE ““Simmer Down” perhaps encapsulates in four minutes why Gruenling is often hailed by his peers as one of the world’s best harmonica players. Now we know, he has even more skills.”
DON & SHERYLS BLUES BLOG “Dennis Gruenling continues to up the ante on why he is one of the most dynamic harp players on today’s scene. “Ready Or Not” is just begging you to give it a listen and put on your dancin’ shoes!!”
MIDWEST RECORD REVIEW “Gruenling takes his harp back to the early days of rock, blows the roof off the sucker and lets the high octane flow…Hot stuff that brings the heat and keeps delivering it well after the temperature has been fully raised”
New Interview on YouTube
I recently did an interview for Lian at Learn The Harmonica, and it is now on YouTube…
“Blues & the Beat” now on WFDU-HD2
Dennis Gruenling’s “Blues & The Beat” radio program on WFDU, now in is 13th year, has now moved to the WFDU-HD2 channel! Still on Thursdays 1:00-4:00pm Eastern Time, just now on the WFDU HD2 channel. Available on the website (wfdu.fm), the free App (WFDU Radio), iHeart Radio, iTunes Radio, any HD radio (WFDU 89.1 FM), and many other streaming platforms!
Here are some songs LIVE from 2016!!
From a William Clarke Tribute w/The Nick Moss Band:
From “Ready Or Not” Summer Tour w/Doug Deming & The Jewel Tones
What an unbelievable honor to be featured on the box of Hohner’s top-of-the-line Marine Band style harmonica – the Crossover model!! I have played Hohner harmonicas from day one, and have been been a long-time endorser. Several years ago, I was asked to be a more official endorser, and helped with the development of the Thunderbird model and some other testing. Honored beyond words to be featured on the Hohner Crossover box and as always, I only play Hohner Marine Band style harmonicas…many times these Crossover models right out of the box!
Doug Deming & Dennis Gruenling w/The Jewel Tones on tour…
We are heading CROSS COUNTRY from Florida to California and back…with many stops in between, including Sarasota, FL, St. Pete FL, Phoenix AZ, Long Beach CA, Tarzana CA, Santa Cruz CA, San Jose CA, Amarillo TX, Fort Worth TX and more!! Always check out the tour dates ON THE CALENDAR PAGE – or on our FACEBOOK EVENTS PAGE!!
Dennis Gruenling named “Best Harp Player”!!!
Blues 411.com has given out there “Jimi” Awards for 2013, and the list of harmonica players in the running for “Best Harp Player” featured some of my favorite players (including Kim Wilson). I got a personal call from Chef Jimi to inform me of the decision to award the honor to me! I am thrilled, honored, and humbled, as the other players in the running were all top-notch talent. Thank You Jim and Blues411.com!
Dennis Gruenling featured in Blues Blast Magazine!!
DOUG DEMING wins 2013 “Sean Costello Rising Star” AWARD!!
My musical partner DOUG DEMING has won the “Sean Costello Rising Star Award” in the 2013 BLUES BLAST MUSIC AWARDS!! Thank you for all the votes and support!!
A big CONGRATS to Doug Deming!! In the meantime, we’re both working hard on the next batch of tour dates…as well as working on material for some new recordings…stay tuned for more news!!
Doug Deming & Dennis Gruenling w/The Jewel Tones on tour 2014!!
I’ll be performing on the road again soon with my musical cohort Doug Deming along with the Jewel Tones in 2014. Both of our new CDs have been in the TOP TEN of the Living Blues Radio Charts for THREE months in a row…and now I am working on the next one!
…some recent videos…
NEW Hohner “Thunderbird” harps!
I have been playing some of the brand-new HOHNER Thunderbird harps recently…and why yes, that IS yours truly on the side of the box!! My man Joe Filisko is on the top of the box, who has designed the coverplates for this model, which are similar to the coverplates on the custom low-tuned harps I had Joe start making for me years ago. I have used some of these low tuned harps on our TWO brand new CDs! (“Rockin’ All Day” and “What’s It Gonna Take”…see above)
The new Thunderbird harp is a new model of low-tuned harmonicas, starting at Low F and also available in Low E, Low Eb, Low D, Low C, Low Bb, Low A, Low G, and Low Low F. I have been playing custom-made low-tuned harps for years in a blues & jump blues context and pioneering a new way to play these harp aside from the rhythmic/chugging style that has mainly been used by blues players on low-tuned harps. It’s great to finally have a real nice low-tuned harp that plays well out of the box. And NO, I am not being paid for this, I honestly play Hohners and feel this is a great harp. I have stayed with Hohner since my start because they make great harps and are now continuing to push forward with great new products like the Thunderbird.
I’m getting ready to re-vamp the website for my blues radio show that I host on WFDU – “Blues & the Beat“. This new membership website is the only site with access to the archives from the show (going back almost 10 years), along with some history of the music as well. New lower prices, new giveaways, and members will still have access to over 50 archived programs each month, with new shows being added monthly, and will also be eligible for monthly giveaways! Check out the “Blues & the Beat” website
Be sure to check out the shirts in the shirt store – including the new Bullet Microphone t-shirts, and check out the designs for “BadAss Harmonica”, Sonny Boy Williamson, George ‘Harmonica’ Smith, “Blues & the Beat”, Dennis Gruenling & more…