Hugh Pool and John Ragusa: ‘Feelin’ good blues never felt better.’

Hugh Pool and John Ragusa

Hugh Pool and John Ragusa are talented musicians known for their contributions to the blues and roots music scene.

Hugh Pool

Hugh Pool is recognized for his raw, authentic blues sound, showcasing his skills as a guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter. His music often captures the essence of traditional blues while infusing it with his own unique style and energy.

John Ragusa

John Ragusa, on the other hand, is a versatile musician known for his expertise with wind instruments. He plays a variety of instruments, including the flute, piccolo, tin whistle, and others, bringing a distinctive sound that blends well with various musical genres, including blues, jazz, and folk. His ability to add depth and texture to the music he contributes to makes him a sought-after collaborator in the music industry.

Together, Hugh Pool and John Ragusa have collaborated on various projects, combining their talents to create music that resonates with fans of blues and beyond. Their partnership showcases a blend of Pool’s gritty guitar work and vocals with Ragusa’s sophisticated wind instrument accompaniments, creating a sound that is both authentic and innovative.

Their work is appreciated by audiences who value musicianship and the ability to connect with the roots of American music while exploring its contemporary possibilities.

Hugh Pool and John Ragusa
Hugh Pool Blues Harp and Steel Guitar
John Ragusa and flute


John harmonizes through a collection of silver and bamboo flutes, penny whistles, a pocket trombone and even plays some “Conch Shell” Blues. And guaranteed, you never heard foot stomping, heart pounding tunes like Hugh creates on the Blues Harp and Steel guitar.


Their “Mulebone” CD spent 15 weeks in the Top 100 Albums on the “Americana Roots” chart for National radio airplay as reported by the Album Network, and completely sold out within the first year.”

They also won “Blues Artist of the Year” at radio stations across the U.S.A. By land, sea or air, admirers like David Rockefeller and Bruce Wasserstein have brought the duo in for private parties.

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