Blue Wednesday: Tad Walters and John Dee Holeman
August 31, 2016 · Wednesday * 8-10pm * NO Cover
Don’t miss this special evening of Piedmont blues with Tad Walters and John Dee Holeman.
Walters is a blues musician from Raleigh who started his professional career at 17. He has played with many of the legends of the genre, including Bob Margolin, Pinetop Perkins, Billy Boy Arnold, Dave Myers, John Jackson, Big Bill Morganfield, Willie Smith, Hubert Sumlin, and many others. Walters is quite adept at all of the different “styles” of blues, and takes great pride in his own songs, such as “Cold Blooded Murder,” and “Break ‘Em on Down”. Music Maker helped Walters “If You See K,” featured him on the compilation CD Treasure Box, and helps arrange performances for him with Holeman and Boo Hanks. In addition to periodically accompanying Holeman and Hanks, Walters leads his own band and also performs as a solo artist.
Holeman is a Durham bluesman who has been awarded a National Heritage Fellowship (1988) by the National Endowment for the Arts and a North Carolina Heritage Award (1994) by the NC Arts Council, and he has been playing the blues for more than 60 years. Though he never met Blind Boy Fuller, Holeman credits Fuller with teaching him to play guitar. He says he learned to play by listening to Fuller’s records and by playing with musicians who had learned directly from Fuller. Holeman uses both Piedmont and Texas guitar styles in his playing.