Music In His Soul, Harmonica At His Neck – Juzzie Smith, One Man Band Legend

Juzzie Smith is a ridiculously talented One-man band, based in Byron Bay Australia. He started playing the harmonica at 13, and by the age of 16 he had started playing the guitar. His passion for music led to a job as a music teacher. During his time teaching music he learned to play several instruments at the same time.

By the time Juzzie was 23 years old he had won the coveted Golden Harmonica at the Tamworth Country Music Festival and the Byron Bay Blues Blowout. By age 26 he decided to create his own style of music mixing blues with all other genres.

Juzzie soon hit the streets, busking at the street corners and in markets all over the city of Byron Bay. His performances are marked by an amazing ability to play up to six instruments at once combining the Guitar, harmonica and juggling percussion. Juzzie plays several guitars including lapslide, cigar box, nylon string, steel string, electric and ukulele.

Around his neck there’s always a harmonica attached to a microphone with bluesy effects. With his feet he controls the rhythmleft foot keeps up the beat from the box drum and the right foot is for the shaker and tambourine. This unique combination of instruments has helped Juzzie’s music go viral all over the world

He released his first album ‘Blow’n Away’ in 2002, and in 2006 he released a second album ‘Happy Daze’. Juzzie has gone on to produce 5 more albums with ‘Rise and Shine’ released in 2015 as the most recent.

He has definitely recorded huge success as an artiste – playing in a lot of bands, and performing with some of Australia’s best musicians, including John Butler, Damon Davies, Jodi Martin and Jeff Lang. He has also had the honor of performing to both international and national crowds from Byron Bay Blues Festival to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Juzzie’s unique music is hard to place in just one category – It’s a bluesy, folky, country music combination with a distinct flavor.  If you are ever in New South Wales, Australia, don’t miss the chance of experiencing the play-full, fun and infectious music of the one-man band, as he takes you to a new world through his mastery of music.

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