Performer Information

Gary Allegretto

Los Angeles, CA

Gary Allegretto

Gary Allegretto is the IWMA’s 2019 Male Performer of the Year! Western Horseman Magazine raves; “Gary's music transcends genres, generations and cultural barriers, yet is so professional, engaging and core to the cowboy that listeners can’t help but want to ride along a while longer and discover something new in a song.” Not only is Gary the best harmonica player you will likely ever hear, he is a remarkable singer, songwriter, guitarist and a masterful entertainer. His talents have also earned him Grammy nominations, an AWA Will Rogers Award, a Best of the West Award and the #1 spot on the Western Music radio charts. His music is featured in major motion picture soundtracks. Gary’s engaging and often laugh-out-loud songs tell stories drawn from his rich and diverse life experience in the West (including ranch hand, forest firefighter as a USFS Hotshot, and bouncer in a couple of rough honky-tonks).

As a bonus, Gary is also an award-winning educator who optionally offers his very popular “Learn to Play Cowboy Harmonica" workshops to the festivals, venues, and gatherings at which he performs. Also, Gary often provides his highly acclaimed harmonica programs as educational outreach in the schools and youth facilities of the communities in which he performs. In addition, Gary is also the director of Harmonikids, an award-winning nonprofit that brings the healing joy of playing music on harmonicas to special needs children worldwide (

CD/Book Registry
2010 - Harmonicowboy (Composite)
2013 - Allegretto & Espinoza (Traditional)

Talents: Musician, Singer, Songwriter
  • 2019 Male Performer of the Year
  • 2019 Entertainer of the Year Nominee
  • 2019 Instrumentalist of the Year Nominee
  • 2019 Male Performer of the Year Nominee
  • 2019 Traditional Album of the Year Nominee