Pistol-packin’ Mama, Darlene Jones, hails from Kansas City, Kansas where she studied and received her Bachelor of Music Degree from the University of Missouri. She has loved popping-off since she was 13 years old. Her music has taken her to all parts of the world, performing with different groups and using all styles of drumming. Teaching drums daily maintains her technique and keeps her up on all the latest grooves. She currently plays with Blues County Sheriff following eight years in the snare line for Seattle Seahawks Blue Thunder drumline. Listen and watch our Pistol-packin’ Mama pop-off, and you will feel the energy. She loves a crowd.
A fixture in the South Sound music scene for nearly three decades, The Harpoon also answers to Mojo Man, Harmonica Man, Gorfalamu (online) and “Hey you harp guy ya wanna play?”
He has played just about every venue in the area with a variety of artists and groups from classic folk (Kay & Dusty Rhodes) to rock ‘n’ roll (The Rainier Movers) to Texas blues (Stevie Mendoza, Showdown) and performed with his own band, The Pumphouse Blues Band which included the legendary boogie piano player Peter “Daddy Cool” Dana and the young guitar phenom, Jude Bowerman.
The Harpoon is online as well, sharing music and collaborations with fellow players on Harmonicaboogie.com and has a website of his original work and recordings at Soundclick.com/gorfalamu. Once a year he teaches a blues harmonica class at the Northwest Annual Harmonica Jamboree where he gives away in an hour what took him 15 years to discover.
As The Harpoon tells it, “I learned to play harp in the pre-internet years when the harmonica was a strange little instrument, an ill wind few blew well and whose secrets were arcane and closely kept by the cognicetti. I spent thousands of hours listening to the greats; Little Walter, Butterfield, Cotton, Musselwhite, PT Gazelle and dozens of others, wondering all the while, “How the hell did he do THAT?” I finally figured I could never learn to do THAT and just played what sounded goodto me. Been doing it ever since.”