(CBS) — You don’t need a guitar, piano or horn section to make quality music.
CBS 2’s Harry Porterfield introduces us to three guys who make beautiful sounds with their harmonicas.READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Weekend Warmup Continues
Sometimes the instrument is known as a mouth organ. With blues musicians, it’s called a harp. But these three players prefer the generic name. That’s why they are known as the Windy City Harmonica Trio.
Bud Boblink plays the lead. He and Ron Agnew have been playing the instrument for 60 years. Agnew masters the 2-foot-long chord harmonica.READ MORE: At Least 10 Shot, 1 Killed In Weekend Violence In Chicago
Having played the instrument for 10 years, Bill Morris, with his bass harmonica, says they are keeping the tradition of the harmonica trio alive.
“The important note is your first note, and you make it big and then you make it short and get out of the way because the other guys have a lot more interesting stuff to play,” he says.
Incidentally, Morris says playing the harmonica is good for his lungs with all that breathing in and breathing out.MORE NEWS: Bill For Reparations For Black Evanston Residents Soon To Go Up For Vote; Some Say It's Insufficient And Could Make Things Worse
“I’m asthmatic, so it’s really good for me to force me to expand my lungs, and it’s really helped me from the standpoint of breathing,” he says.