Harpin' Jonny at The Cat in The Cruz

Ken Kraft on lead guitar and Jon Troutner as the Harpster, perform Lonesome Whistle Blues in Santa Cruz at the Catalyst.

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Capitola Beach Show

Fred Eaglesmith performs at Harpin' Jonny's outdoor concert 

Harpin' Jonny and the Primadons

When the train comes.  January 3rd, 2009

Harpin' Jonny outdoor concert

Larry Hosford does "long distance kisses"

Harpin Jonny That Buckin Song in Capitola

Harpin' Jonny belts out solo of Cherry Blossom at the Catalyst

Harpin' Jonny and the Primadons do Mohair Sam at the Catalyst

Music, cds, and reviews

"Harpin' Jonny Your CD sounded great!!! Keep it up....preserve this great music that we love!!!! "

--Rod and Honey Piazza


Contact me for a copy of my latest CD! 

You'll enjoy all my latest cuts:

That's What Knocks Me Out

Solitary Man

Random Acts of Kindness


One More Jack Daniels

Midnight Again

Puerto De Azul

Sugarfoot Rag


Over the Rainbow

Pretty Little Lights of Town

Baby Please Don’t Go

Read more about the Cd release in these articles:

Harpin' Around

My first CD is available by contacting me on my home page. You'll enjoy:

When the Train Comes

Long Distance Call

Condition Crazy

Lonesome Whistle Blues



Jaguar and Thunderbird

I'll Be Long Gone

Walkin' Blues

Too Many Drivers

Street Walkin' Woman

Girl Can't Help It

Leopard Skin Pill Box Hat

"I enjoyed listening to your CD. Condition Crazy has some good lyrics."

---Charlie Musselwhite, famous versatile harmonica player:

CD Info

Harpin Jonny Troutner - Harmonicas, Train Whistle, Background Vocal 

Ken Kraft - Background Vocal, Lead, Slide, and Rhythm Guitars

Craig Owens - Lead Vocals, Bass, Background Vocals

Tiran Porter - Bass - Walkin' Blues, Sunnytown, Pill Box Hat -

Leslie - Sunnytown

Larry Hosford - Lead Vocal and Rhythm Guitar

Jim Roy - Lead Vocal, Acoustic Guitar

Peter Clark - Lead Vocal, Rhythm Guitar - Sunnytown & Pill Box Hat ;

RhythmGuitar - I'll be Long Gone 

Jim Norris - Drums

Gary Kehoe - Percussion

Tom Lawson - B-3 Organ

Chaz Alley - Sax - Sunnytown

Randy Rueter - Lead Vocal, Acoustic Guitar

Bob O'Neill - Backgound Vocal - Jaguar & T-Bird,

Lead Guitar - Too Many Drivers, Rhythm Guitar - Pill Box Hat 

Lisa Troutner - Background Vocal - Train Comes & I'll Be Long 


Lee Durley - Background Vocal - Girl Can't Help It, Jaguar & T-bird

David Ford - Background Vocal - Girl Can't Help It


Jim Lee -Songwriter

Tom Lawson- Blues at 11

B-Movie Kings- B Movie Kings www.bmoviekings.net

Randy Jones - Waitin on the Night

Larry Hosford Band -Wind Jammin 

Stormin' Norman and the Cyclones-Now 

Shelter for the Blues -Deja Blue 

Undercover -Love is Blind 

Santa Cruz Blues CD: Best of Santa Cruz

Studio E; Live with Larry Hosford and Nina Gerber

More Reviews

Shop Record's;

  • Harpin' Jonny is an amazing harmonica player based in Santa Cruz California with one wonderful album. The tracks feature some of the foremost musicians on the Central Coast of California, including Tiran Porter of The Doobie Brothers and Ken Kraft and Bob O'neill of The Snail Band, Larry Hosford and more.

Linda Koffman /The Goodtimes 11/24/08

  • For most people, the clean, sharp howling of the harp calls forth rustic porchfront blues like a whistle calls forth a train; the two go hand-in-hand and there ain’t no separation. Don’t tell that to Jonny Troutner. Better known as Harpin’ Jonny , he knows there’s more to the harmonica than simply the blues, and he’s been out proving it for nearly two decades. “There isn’t any song that I can’t play on the harmonica,” he states. “I don’t see it being limited to any certain type of music and I don’t think it should be summed up as just a blues instrument.” Blowing through those minuscule metal windows on Bay Area stages since ’92, he wasn’t initially struck or confined by those stereotypical blues harmonica riffs. Instead, it was Norton Buffalo , Toots Thielemans and Charlie Musselwhite who guided him to wail through an array of bluegrass, rock, country, and jazz, in addition to the blues. “I like to embellish a song by creating melody or answers to the song, and even add percussion through the harmonica.Being able to make something interesting out of nothing is what I like to do.” And he’s been doing it ever since the age of 7. Currently alongside The Primadons, The Groovehounds and The Larry Hosford Band , not to mention studio stints for various collaborations, he’s become a Santa Cruz staple who’s even sat in with Robert Earl Keen and Paul Thorn . “Now I play so much that sometimes I’d rather hide and listen,” he admits with a laugh. Still, despite three bands and a solo album in the works, he also knows when to quit. Whereas some musicians’ nerves can flutter in fear that a harpist will drill through a tune with no restraint, Troutner understands that silence can be golden. “Most of the time, people overplay when they play the harmonica,” he admits of his breed’s reputation. “You gotta learn how to listen and play in the right places. Then people will know they can trust you to go in and not wreck the song.” Needless to say, we trust you, Jonny.

Kevin's Harps;

  • This is Wholesome harp! Uncooked and real. You've heard the club sound, the soulful licks of some of the greats jump, swing and gospel tunes, but when's the last time you've heard traditions in its purest form? Imagine sittin' in on the first performances of Charlie McCoy, Jon Gindick, or Norton Buffalo you'd know they were gonna be stars. Well, if you didn't get the chance to hear these guys coming up, you don't want to miss Harpin' Jonny. You'll be able to say, "Yeah, I remember when..." Homegrown and wholesome come hear him. " Harpin' Around."