Jerome Godboo-Toronto singer and harmonica player Jerome Godboo is always improving himself, as a musician, a man and a communicator. An accomplished and exceptional bluesman, his bending harp skills have been sought by everyone from Ronnie Hawkins to the late Jeff Healey and he continues to mesmerize all who witness him onstage including the judges at the International blues Challenge 2014 held in Memphis where Jerome took home the Lee Oskar best harmonica Player award.
The one-time local legend of explosive 90s rock band the Phantoms, Jerome has released 14 albums in his 25-plus year career, 11 of which are solo, including the brand new Sanctuary City with drummer Gary Craig and Spin Doctors guitarist Eric Schenkman.
Produced by Dave Misener - a top talent Jerome magically discovered working as a gardener in High Park - the album includes 12 contemporary blues originals from the welcoming title-track about Toronto to the chunky groove "Hidden Things" about covering up the pain; the soulful plea "Lord Show Me How" to be a better man to a reworking of the Phantoms song "Mon Amie" about every past girlfriend rolled into one. There's even an eponymous song about his good friend Jerry Stone, owner of local bar Stone's Place.
"I empty myself a lot," Jerome says of songwriting. "Every day I meditate and I just look past all the thoughts and better ones keep landing in, the more I get rid of the little worries. I just look around and something will inspire me."
Jerome was awarded the Lee Oskar World’s Best Harmonica Player in the International Blues Challenge 2014 in Memphis. There are over 160 Blues Societies sending representatives to the Challenge in Memphis every year.
Shawn Kellerman and Eric Schenkman will be appearing with Jerome as part of his band "The Godboogians." Both are absolutely amazing players.
Here's a link to a live performance showing his powerhouse band....