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Brandon Bailey is a young harmonica master from Memphis, Tennessee. Some might even call him a teen sensation. In 2008 he rose through the ranks of several hundred contestants to make the finals of the Orpheum Star Search competition in Memphis, then won the finals by performing the J. Geils Band's harmonica showpiece, "Whammer Jammer," with the house band. In the aftermath of that victory, and with the help of occasional YouTube postings and an appearance at last year's Society for the Preservation and Advancement (SPAH) meeting, Brandon has put the harmonica world on notice: there's a new kid on the block.

Brandon began playing the harmonica when his grandmother told him that his great-grandfather used to play train songs on the blues harp. Recently, Brandon adapted the post modern harp-boxing style made famous by Son of Dave: blues riffs intertwined with beat-box rhythms. Although still in his teens, he's already played with some of the best harmonica players and bands in the country including Adam Gussow of Satan and Adam, Jason Ricci and New Blood, Billy Gibson, Charlie Wood, and Blind Mississippi Morris. He has performed at B.B. Kings Blues Club in Memphis, The Rum Boogie Cafe, The Orpheum Theater in Memphis,TN the Arkansas Blues and Heritage Festival in Helena, The Mid South Fair, and the Jefferson Awards in Washington D.C.

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