I think everybody’s a little in love with Aimee Mann. And when she calls me to play a show, I have to remind myself that she’s only into me for the harmonica. Well, to be completely accurate, I’m not certain that she’s really that into the harmonica either. But we are friends, and when she says play, I don’t ask questions, I just play. Well actually, I usually ask a lot of questions because her music is staggeringly beautiful and I don’t want to screw it up. Nonetheless, she’s managed to bring me and the harmonica a step into the indie-pop world, and along the way we’ve played some amazing shows. The best of which, hands-down, was the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville — the birthplace of bluegrass — and on that night, the best harmonica gig anywhere. Paul Bryant did point out that it was the only harmonica gig anywhere. But he’s the bass player and consequently, bitter.