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Gary Allegretto | Harmonicowboy

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by Gary Allegretto

Under GRAMMY AWARD consideration for Best Traditional Folk Album! Featuring Gary's astonishing harmonica work and special guests including the late great John Cephas. A bluesy, spirited and fun acoustic ride through American Roots music.
Genre: Country: Cowboy
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Home On the Range
0:47 $0.99
2. Settle Down Blues
4:21 $0.99
3. Harmonicowboy
4:57 $0.99
4. Hurry Down Rounder
3:36 $0.99
5. Copenhagen
2:54 $0.99
6. Saddle My Pony
3:22 $0.99
7. Ugly Woman Blues
3:52 $0.99
8. Bad Man
4:17 $0.99
9. John's Kitchen Rag
2:25 $0.99
10. Mind Your Own Business
3:23 $0.99
11. Good to Go
3:18 $0.99
12. Never the Same
3:47 $0.99
13. Untrainable (Live)
1:51 $0.99
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Album Notes
Gary’s new CD “Harmonicowboy” is a spirited, bluesy, inspired, and often humorous collection of original songs that features many wonderful guest musicians including some of the last guitar work from Gary's dear friend, the late, great Bluesman and National Heritage Fellowship recipient John Cephas. It is co-produced by Lenise Bent and mastered by Grammy Award winner Gavin Lurrsen (Johnny Cash, Allison Kraus and Robert Plant).

A down-to-earth guy with lifelong wanderlust and more than a few stories to tell, Gary Allegretto’s resume reads a bit like a Western adventure "bucket list" including stints as back-country forest ranger, forest firefighter on a "Hotshot" crew, LA city firefighter, ‘bouncer” in a couple rough honky-tonks, cowboy and ranch hand, white-water rafting guide… and traveling musician. Through it all, Gary can barely remember a time when music wasn't a powerful part of his life, and playing harmonica wasn't as natural as his own voice. He started playing upon receiving his first harmonica at age 5 from his woodsman grandfather. As his song goes, Gary "knew the world was never gonna be the same" and he was right. Since then Gary has travelled around the globe performing and giving workshops at many diverse festivals, venues and events. Hohner, the world's largest harmonica company endorses him. His music has been featured on film and television and is currently under consideration for two Grammy Awards.

Of special note, Gary is the founder and director of Harmonikids, a 501(c)3 non-profit charitable organization that provides music therapy with harmonicas and lessons to special needs children internationally. Allegretto has provided aid to special needs children from the Tsunami refugee camps of North Sumatra, Indonesia to the Katrina evacuee trailer villages of Louisiana and many points in between. Harmonikids has received widespread acclaim in the media including The Today Show, Child magazine, Vogue, Blues Revue, and Living Blues Magazines. For more information about his unique charitable work visit www.harmonikids.org.


“Gary Allegretto is a modern-day Hy Dolber, self -taught like Wyatt Earp and Billy the Kid, who were known to break a reed. This harmonica wrangler has a versatile technique that is sure to impress the cowboy hat off your head.” ~True West Magazine’s “Best of the West issue” 2009

“Gary Allegretto plays harmonica the way Casey Tibbs rode broncs.”
~Dave Stamey, Nationally Acclaimed Cowboy Performer

"Harmonicowboy is exceptional! I just finished listening to it and I want to tell you that it's one of the best I’ve heard front to back. Great job!"
~Lindalee Green, Western Music Association President, California Chapter

“…A real crowd pleaser…a show by himself, with his ability not only with his harmonica, but also a great singer and guitar player. A real triple threat!” ~Visalia Cowboy Cultural Committee

“Harmonica extraordinaire…someone who can truly make that harmonica talk…his harmonica runs the gamut from that high, sweet, lonesome sound of the plains, to steam locomotives, to cowboy boogie. An absolute must-see!”
~The Bear Valley Buckaroos

“Great piece of work! The songs are well written... vocals, orchestration, and arrangements are great... and Gary sure enough can sing and play the hell out of a harmonica!”
~ Les Buffam, WMA Songwriter of the Year Award Winner

“Gary Allegretto is in a class by himself and ‘Harmonicowboy’ is a downright winner... as a matter of fact, I'll stake my shaky reputation on it!”
~ Pat Richardson, Academy of Western Artists' Best Cowboy Poet Award

"I love this CD! ... in fact, I think we played it about 10 times in the car the other day! It 's really great material that's fun to listen to. I'm blown away by Gary's masterful talent."
~Marvin O'Dell, Cowboy Music DJ, Heartland Public Radio

"The tall handsome stranger rode in and took the place by storm. If that sounds like a Western scenario, it was. Only it was the 2008 WMA International Western Music Festival, he was armed with a harmonica and he certainly knows how to shoot it!!
"Make no mistake...the effect of "Harmonicowboy" is Fun with a capitol F... infectious and irresistible... about as "cowboy" as it gets."
~Rick Huff, The Western Way

“If you have ever sat by a campfire and played a harmonica…or wanted to…this is the music you wished you were making.”
~Gary Robertson, Cowboy Poet and Conejo Cowboy Show Producer

"...clever poetic lyrics... just plain funny and fun... clear listening in the blur of sounds out there... get it and grin!"
~True Cowboy Magazine



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David Swanson

True to the cover, this offering from Gary Allegretto is a bit more Country & Western than his previous Blues CDs. Harmonicowboy is a sonically beautiful, relaxing, and lyrically funny album. I especially laughed at "Copenhagen" - a "you know its true" tale on the use of chewing tobacco. In general, Gary's lyrics are thoughtful, his singing is very relaxing yet strong, and his harmonic playing is as always, perfection. All you need is a campfire to go with Harmonicowboy. I highly recommend it.

Roberta Perkins

I received this CD with great expectation and I was not disappointed. I love Gary's work. Each CD is choice! Keep 'em comin' Gary. See you at the Wilmington Blues Festival...