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Bud Boblink is one of my all-time favorite harmonica players. Having been unaware of the existence of harmonica conventions, I played for well over forty years before ever meeting other players. That being said, one of the very first harmonica players I ever met was Bud Boblink. Wherever there is a convention / party / festival / picnic, you can usually find Bud Boblink. He's easy to recognize, because he's one of the guys who's always smiling. The only time he not smiling is when he has a harmonica in his mouth; and even then, his eyes are smiling. (some things. ya just can't hide!)
To me, Bud Boblink is the personification of the Chromatic harmonica player, and the yardstick by which I personally tend to measure the rest! :o) A.J.Fedor
Update - 1-18-2014 I just got my copy of Bud's CD: "Harmonicas By Request" in the mail today: and hafta say it was so good we listened to twice!! Bud plays all the parts and all the harmonicas, and does a fantastic job. Bravo Budley! Get yours here: http://budboblink.com/recordings.html
Chicago-born Bud Boblink fell in love with the harmonica when he was 13 years old. It was then that he and two friends, Bob Laas and Al Fontana, formed a trio, The Harmonica Bobcats. Within six years, they were touring Europe, entertaining the Armed Forces and performing on Radio Free Europe. Their tour continued into the Far East, Japan, and Korea.
Over the years, Boblink has worked with many harmonica groups, including The Mike Hanley Trio, Jammercats, Harmonica Classics, The Yellow Pine Trio, The FunTymers, Windy City Harmonica Trio, Johnny Puleo’s Harmonica Gang, and the Harmonicats. His friends in the original Harmonicats, were a tremendous influence on him and his music. Bud feels honored to have worked with Jerry Murad’s, Don Les’, and Al Fiore’s Harmonicats.
In addition, he has shared the stage with many individual harmonica artists such as Pete Pederson, Howard Levy, Harry Bee, Madcat, Lee Oskar, Stagg McMann, Cappy LaFell, Sandy German, Mo Vint, Frank Warner, Don Klein, Buzz Krantz, and Joe Filisko. For several years, Bud joined Don Allen and Dan Wilson to judge and perform at the Yellow Pine Harmonica Festival in Idaho. Bud and Frank Warner joined Pete Pederson to record ten of Pete's original compositions.
Bud has spent years performing on radio, recordings, television, cruise ships, and stages across the country. Self-taught Bud Boblink plays all types of harmonicas, but specializes in the two-foot-long chord harmonica when playing with groups. Many consider him the very best anywhere on this unique musical instrument. Popularized by the performance of his single act, he enjoys blending family-style comedy, magic and familiar music into a crowd-pleasing, one-man show.
Bud is a Lifetime Honorary Member of the Society for the Preservation and Advancement of the Harmonica (SPAH). SPAH recognized his contributions to harmonica music with the Harmonica Player of the Year Award. The latest information on Bud and his work can be found at www.budboblink.com