From: CA, United States
Genre: Blues, Jazz, Blues Roots Music
A blues lover's delight. Tasty, soulful harmonica blues.
Beth Kohnen (sounds like Conan) lives directly across the bay from San Francisco and plays blues in the Bay Area and wine country. She has also taken her music to New Orleans, Paris, Florence, Venice, Scotland, and Dublin.
Beth grew up in Pittsburgh, Pa. At 16 she was a passionate classical musician and studied piano at Carnegie Mellon University. Her musical turning point came when, as a minor with braces on her teeth, she sneaked into Pittsburgh's famous jazz joint Crawford's Grill and heard live jazz and blues for the first time. Later at Syracuse University she fell in love with Big Walter Horton's blues harmonica and by 1998 she was living in the San Francisco Bay Area, sitting in on harmonica with Grammy winner Steve Freund, Big Walter's last guitarist.
In 2001 she recorded her first CD "Hard Hearted Woman" with Steve Freund, Wendy DeWitt, Randy Bermudez, and June Core.
In 2005 Beth booked her band at San Francisco's renown Biscuits and Blues and released her 2nd CD, "Knee Action". You can hear this CD on www.cdbaby.com/bethkohnen.
In 2011 Beth released her third CD, "Ease My Worried Mind" as a duo with WC Handy nominee guitarist Rusty Zinn. Many songs from this CD are posted here on Jango. The full 18 song CD is available online at www.cdbaby.com/bethkohnen2
Beth is currently recording a new CD due to come out in 2014. Feel free to email Beth about music at email@example.com.