Carson Diersing didn’t think “Skip to My Lou” was his style.
The then 8-year-old harmonica player had just started taking lessons, and his teacher Tony Colley asked him to play the classic folk song. Carson was hesitant but listened to his teacher.
When he and his parents went to the Bean Blossom Blues Fest, at Cooley’s insistence, Carson played “Skip to My Lou” in front of hundreds of harmonica enthusiasts as part of a youth competition. He ended up winning.