An Authentic American Cowboy Site
that would often take him to the land of his dreams ~ the
American West. As soon as that would often take him to the
land of his dreams ~ the American West. As soon as he
reached adolescence, Gary set out to live this dream as a
forester in the mountains of Flagstaff, Arizona and Santa Fe,
New Mexico. With a harmonica always in his vest pocket,
rucksack, or on the dashboard of his pickup truck, he
worked as backcountry ranger and a Hotshot forest
firefighter all over the West.
When Gary Allegretto was a kid his grandfather, a woodsman in the
mountains, gave him a gift that would change life ~ his harmonica. It
immediately became his prized possession and consuming passion.
Endless hours of self-instruction eventually produced songs and a sound
Soon he was working and playing harmonica while working as a ranch
hand on ranches in Colorado and Wyoming where a cattle round up or
branding would end with a campfire jam session. He even worked as
a bouncer in a couple rough honky-tonks in Santa Fe, often sitting in
with the bands. In time he found himself performing on the stages of
festivals and cowboy bars and his nickname "Harmonicowboy" was
Of special note, Gary is the founder and director of Harmonikids, a
501(c)3 non-profit charitable organization that provides music therapy
with harmonicas and lessons to special needs children.
Entertainer, teacher, benefactor -- but, above all else, an American