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Blog Archives – Sheriffs of Schroedingham


Tom Ball was born in Los Angeles and shares birthdays with his early harmonica hero Sonny Terry. Tom began playing guitar at the age of eleven and took up harmonica two years later.  A teenage member of the Yerba Buena Blues Band in the mid-1960’s, he played Love-Ins and Sunset Strip nightclubs before leaving the...


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Interview with Tim Kobza – Sheriffs of Schroedingham


The following interview originally appeared in the National Harmonica League magazine as part of my regular column, Reeds for the Record… Tim Kobza is a performer, producer, composer, session-player, author, and educator in Los Angeles, California. His television and film credits include the hit shows The Office, Felicity, Desperate Housewives, The Real World and the major motion picture,...




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The  Traveling  Salesman – Sheriffs of Schroedingham


Where were the Sheriffs? A good question indeed.  To answer this simple query we must backtrack a bit.  You see after years of peace in their little town the Sheriffs of Schroedingham had become quite bored.  They felt like all their hard-earned skills – the lassoing, the sharp-shooting, the boot and badge polishing, the graphic...


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Interview with Tom Ball – Sheriffs of Schroedingham


Tom Ball was born in Los Angeles and shares birthdays with his early harmonica hero Sonny Terry. Tom began playing guitar at the age of eleven and took up harmonica two years later.  A teenage member of the Yerba Buena Blues Band in the mid-1960’s, he played Love-Ins and Sunset Strip nightclubs before leaving the...


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Sheriffs of Schroedingham – Home


“Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee for the new millennium.”  -Michael Ross (Moderne Guitar) The Sheriffs of Schroedingham are the Los Angeles-based Americana duo of Ross Garren and John Schroeder. Combining a deep respect for the great masters of American folk music, conservatory-honed chops, modern production techniques and more than a spit of humor, the Sheriffs...


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Interview with Mike Turk – Sheriffs of Schroedingham


The following interview originally appeared in the National Harmonica League magazine as part of my regular column, Reeds for the Record… Mike Turk is a Boston-based chromatic and diatonic harmonica player who has released six critically-acclaimed albums as well as having had an active studio career. Highlights of his session work include recording with Jerry Lee Lewis, the...



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Two  horse  town – Sheriffs of Schroedingham


It was a calm, sleepy night in the town of Schroedingham.  Much like the night before.  And the night before that.  And the week and month and year before that.  In fact the town hadn’t seen so much as a cat up a tree in as long as anyone could remember.  Their guard was down...