WFDU Archives: Dennis Gruenling

Host profile: Dennis Gruenling

Dennis has been playing harmonica on the East Coast for over 20 years, and has experience playing with some of the legends in the business like Pinetop Perkins, Jimmy Dawkins, Snooky Pryor, and Homesick James, as well as modern masters like Rod Piazza, Little Charlie & the Nightcats, Steve Guyger, and Rusty Zinn. He fronts his own band (Jump Time) as well as a band with guitarist/vocalist Doug Deming, which he often performs and records with. Dennis can also be seen as a guest artist with regional acts such as Dave Gross, Chris Vitarello, David Malachowski & The Woodstock All-Stars, V.D. King, and The Rockin' Daddies. In addition to all this playing, he also founded his own label, BackBender Records, and has been active in the local/regional blues scene starting events like “Harpin' For Hunger.”

Dennis has written and published articles for Real Blues Magazine and American Harmonica Newsletter and has taught harmonica at numerous harmonica conventions & workshops worldwide.

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