Pete Sheridan a/k/a 'The Jukester'
has been a professional musician and vintage equipment
specialist for the past 45+ years.
During this time he has performed as
harp player, lead vocalist, and slide guitarist, fronting a succession
combos from The Juke Jelly Blues Band (1970-1974) to The
Jumpin' Mud Cats
(1990-1992). He was a founding member and the featured harp player of The Triple A
from 1990 to 2012, and his signature harp tone was a major part of the
band's sound on
their debut CD "High Water," released in 1997,
and their follow
up CD "Pork Chop Money", released in 2000.
Current projects include
fronting the blues combo The Tone Patrol,
performing on harp and slide guitar with The Jameson Boys trio,
and presenting workshops on harp technique and amplification.
Future plans include
compiling a book of blues-jazz standards in harp notation and appearing solo
harp, mandolin, and guitar, performing both original and classic blues
through his own approach to harp and slide.
Since 1989 he has been a regular performer at the
Central Pennsylvania Festival of The Arts and has appeared at a number of
regional blues festivals, including the Western Maryland Blues Fest in Hagerstown,
Maryland, the Chameleon Blues Festival in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, the Bluefish
Music Festival in Wildwood, New Jersey, and the Woodshed Blues & Jazz Festival at
Lincoln Caverns, Pennsylvania.
Pete has appeared with many national and regional
blues acts, including:
Maurice John Vaughn
Luther "Guitar Jr." Johnson
Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown
Johnny "Clyde" Copeland
Little Ed and The Blues Imperials
Satan and Adam
Big Jack Johnson
James "Super Chikan" Johnson
As a blues researcher, historian and journalist, Pete's articles
He cites Little Walter Jacobs, Rice Miller
(Sonny Boy Williamson #2) and Big Walter Horton as major influences on harp, with
his main slide guitar inspirations coming from Elmore James, Robert
Nighthawk, and Hound Dog Taylor.
have been published in Guitar Player Magazine, Living Blues
Blues Review Magazine, Blues Access Magazine, American Harmonica Newsmagazine,
The Guitar Player Book, and The Harmonica Educator.
In addition to maintaining a busy performing schedule,
he accepts a limited number
of students for one-on-one instruction in blues harp and
slide guitar techniques.
He also builds solid body guitars and amplifier
speaker cabinets with the "Jukeophonic" logo, and refurbishes vintage tube amps.
Pete has also served as a judge in the International Blues Challenge competition for
the Blues Society of Central Pennsylvania, headquartered in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
In May of 2011 Pete performed as the featured harmonica player in a production of the musical Big River, presented at
the Milton Hershey School located in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Big River is the only Broadway musical to feature a harmonica as the
opening voice in the overture, as well as in a number of other sections in the score.
During his research he has interviewed numerous blues
harp and guitar players, including:
George "Harmonica" Smith
Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown
Pee Wee Crayton
Blind Joe Hill
Pete's first book, "The Quest for Tone In Amplified
Blues Harp," has received
During an eight-year stay in Los Angeles (1980-1988) he met and became friends with George "Harmonica" Smith, William
Clarke, Pee Wee Crayton, Blind Joe Hill and Smokey Wilson, and was a frequent visitor to Smokey's famed Pioneer Club in Watts.
During this time he also performed with his guitarist brother Kevin in The Sky Dogs band before moving back East in the fall of 1988 to form
The Blind Robins band, playing throughout central Pennsylvania till 1990 when he became a founding member of the Triple A Blues Band.
acclaim from harp players worldwide.
Pete's second book "Affordable
Cool Amps For The Slide Guitarist/Harp Player" is an
volume to "The Quest For Tone...".
Pete's recently completed third book, "Wayne Raney -
That Hillbilly Boogie Boy, Country Crooner, And Born Again Gospel Guy
With The Talking Harmonica" is an in-depth look at the life and musical
times of a seminal figure in the promotion of the harmonica as a
legitimate instrument in American popular culture.
In June of 2001 Hohner, Inc. signed on Pete
as an official endorser. He has
played Hohner harmonicas exclusively throughout his performing
The Tone Patrol - Performance Reviews:
"One of my favorite blues bands. These guys are the real deal - just straight-ahead
with no sweat, no fuss, no bother."
G.Wayne Laepple, The Daily Item, Milton, PA
"The Tone Patrol are Blues Masters. This band is on a roll,
blasting the blues all over Central PA to great acclaim. Real American music -
classic tunes from the golden age of Chicago blues, plus a slew of cool originals from the band."
Tim Bowser, The Equinox Cafe, Millheim, PA
Jukester's Harmonica Supplies - Customer Endorsememts and Testimonials:
"I purchased a chrome finish Astatic T-3 with a NOS Shure CM element from Pete. As promised, the
transaction went very smoothly and the microphone arrived in excellent condition. I was instantly impressed by its
small size and feel. I have small hands and have always had trouble cupping the larger bullets such as the JT-30.
I had to wait until that evening to actually try the mic out. As soon as I arrived home, I plugged into my Fender
Pro Junior amp, picked up an A harp and was totally blown away with the tone the microphone exhibited. It was the
sound I had been searching for, for years. I have gigged a number of times with this mic and constantly have people
commenting on the sound. I commend Pete for providing such a fantastic microphone and would certainly purchase from
him in the future."
Norm Weiss, New Jersey
"It's always been a pleasure dealing with Pete. The mics are always great and the service/shipping
excellent. One of the best sellers of harp mics on the Internet."
Artie Goldklang, Florida
"Pete, I am always grateful for the first element you sold me, after my Blues Blaster crystal died...
that was back in the early 90's. And all the priceless info you so selflessly offered up in your book for the aspiring harp
geek... the amps section, the pictures of vintage mics, and what to look for. You started me out on this journey.
And I thank you very much. You were clearly ahead of your time. You can feel happy you have made a mark on so many
folks like me."
Kevin Coleman, Hawaii
"I've been very happy with the Brown Bullet I bought from Pete. It was accurately described and
delivered as promised. I'd have no qualms about doing business with him again."
Greg Heumann, California
"I bought an Astatic Biscuit from Pete and love the mic. The mic is great and so was Pete's service.
He was very responsive to questions I asked and shipped the mic very quickly. I'd heard of Pete years ago and read
one of his books. He definitely knows his harp stuff. It was a pleasure to learn a thing or two about equipment
from him along the way to receiving the mic."
Guy DeRosa, New Jersey
"I have had a few dealings with Pete Sheridan and found the dealings to be straight up. No problems
at all. Thanks, Pete. Happy days."
Pasi Jalava, New Zealand
"I stumbled across Pete's website by accident. I was looking for a few rare parts to round out my Harmony
Guitar collection. Pete had some of these parts listed on his website. After finding his e-mail address on the website
I corresponded with Pete. We exchanged telephone numbers right off the bat and within one day we were talking. Pete's
knowledge of vintage parts and guitars is an obvious passion. He helped me land parts for my guitars as well as hard to
find tubes for a couple of vintage amplifiers I have. He is quite generous in giving out knowledge about ideas as well
as parts regarding vintage gear. It was nice to correspond with somebody with great respect to my needs and questions.
Keep writing, Pete. Your book was excellent and helped me track down instruments and tones I wasn't aware of. It opened
my eyes to gear I wouldn't have looked into on my own."
Michael Goodis, Pennsylvania
"After consulting with Pete, I purchasd a vintage EV mic that I've used for amping my acoustic guitar and
for vocals. I'm not a professional musician. I play and record for fun. Pete's recommendation was perfect. I also bought
several tubes that have taken up permanent residence in my audio system. Pete made the transactions easy and communicating
with him was a pleasure. I won't hesitate to do business with him again."
Tim Goodwin, Alabama
"Pete, my experience with you has been the very best, your generosity is ever amazing! I cannot even begin
to put into words how grateful I am to have had your ear, advice, knowledge, your wonderful book, and that wicked Astatic Model
40 that you sold me. Even though we have never met face to face I think of you as a good friend, and have never had the smallest
doubt of your honesty and integrity. I hope to stay in contact with you as long as we are both still on the planet. Your friend
in the blues, J D."
James D. Hoskins, Washington
"Pete has been a tremendous help! Thanks to his book, "The Quest For Tone In Amplified Blues Harp", and his patient
response to my numerous questions, he steered me in the right direction. I now have an old Super Reverb and an EV mic. Thanks again,
Steve Kromer, Massachusetts
"I've bought a few things from Pete over the years and I always found he's prompt in sending stuff to me and real friendly
in his e-mails. It's kind of like a handyman store for harp players - fair priced little treasures!"
Broderick Smith, Australia
"I find my dealings with Pete "The Jukester" Sheridan a real friendly, pleasurable experience. With his vast knowledge in the
field of all things pertaining to Blues Harp/Slide Guitar/Amplification, I find myself turning to his books as a reference source that can
be found nowhere else. As a rack mounted harmonica player, I find Pete to be an all important kindred soul in this rather obscure method
and look forward to interacting with him more in the future."
Al Montro, Michigan
"I purchased a Shure Brown Bullet from Pete and it turned out to be one kickin' mic, exactly as he described. I was looking at
a similar mic on other web sites and on eBay and prices were about $100 higher. Pete is a straight-shooter and great to deal with. I wouldn't
hesitate to do business with him again."
Gerard Gagner, Calgary
"I received a Hohner 270 Chromatic from Pete at a ridiculously low price. Pete is a fantastic guy who does proper, prompt, and
courteous business. The harp looks and plays great and I'm very happy! I wouldn't hesitate to do business with him again and I encourage anyone
who is thinking of dealing with Pete to do so, a real pleasure. Thanks again, Pete!"
Jonny Fair, California
"You could not find a better or more honest person than Pete "The Jukester" Sheridan of Jukester's Harmonica Supplies. I can't
remember when I first came into contact with Pete, just that it's been many years ago. He has given me and the harmonica community so much
information through the years with his well written, interesting books on the harmonica and guitars. If you have read his books, you understand.
If you haven't, buy them. He has done all the work and passed it on to us for just a few bucks. You will learn so much in such a short period of
time that he has taken a lifetime to discover. Concerning his microphones, you can believe what he says when he describes them. Pete knows TONE,
and won't sell an inferior product. Don't waste time on eBay, his prices are way better, and you will be sure to get a great product."
Stephen Edwards, aka "Silvereed" of The Blues Agave Band, Flagler Beach, Florida
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