About Orange Jefferson
"The harp will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no harp." Orange uses Lee Osker and Marine Band harps and plays straight harp into the mic using the PA and monitors; he likes to cup the harp and bend the reeds. He plays country blues and likes Light'n Hopkins. He heard Lee Osker play with Orange's grandfather gave him his first harp, a Marine Band, when he was six years old. The harmonica has been a part of every aspect of his life. When he was young he played harmonica while his grandmother sang gospel and in 1972 he played while in the army. Later in life, he was sent to prison three separate times, each time the warden would make sure Orange had his harps. His playing was influenced by his life, but his advice to novices: "You don't have to live the blues to play it; listen to the old guys." Orange would like to thank: Terry Owens, Marry Ann, Slim Richey, and Clifford Antone.