Jamy Lasell was born in 1951 and raised in the North Eastern United States. He started playing harmonica on a dare from his mother; well, a dare and a bribe. She played he and his siblings a tune and then challenged them to copy it. The first one to play it would get a dollar. Jamy's mother claims that his brother beat him to the dollar, but nonetheless it got Jamy started with the harmonica. He was introduced to the blues and Little Richard at age 12, followed by the Rolling Stones and the Chicago/Delta Schools, and in his late teens discovered the Piedmont style.
In his 20 ’s and 30’s he lived in the Maine woods without electricity and a sorry lack of music.
Finally, he met a group of musicians and they started what has turned into a 40 years collaboration of live music . One result can be heard on the album Meet the Hay Pond Rounders*. Unfortunately, at the time of recording Jamy was living and working in New Jersey, playing weekly at a club called Hat City Kitchen, so he only got recorded playing harmonica on a single track. Shortly afterwards, he dropped the harmonica and picked up any available instrument to play with the band.
Many years later, at age sixty, he walked into a local club, saw people playing harp and told himself he could do that, so again picked up the harmonica. By then, he was in much better financial shape than he had been in his youth and was able to buy good equipment. Whereas men of his age often buy sports cars, Jamy bought harmonicas. He tried every brand he could find, ending up with a motley assortment of harps, mics and amps.
But when a friend in his small harmonica club showed him the Yonberg website he decided to try one and the rest is history. He had found his instrument.
His double set of harmonicas is always ready for a night out, first line ready, backups right behind them. He is not done rocking yet and is headed for the recording studio this year. So remember the name Jamy Lasell.