Bluesman John Dee Holeman at the N.C. Museum of History

John Dee Holeman

John Dee Holeman

Raleigh, NC – Piedmont blues musician John Dee Holeman will perform at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh on Sunday, Nov. 11, at 3 p.m. Admission is free. George Higgs, who was originally scheduled to perform, cancelled due to illness.

Holeman is recognized as one of the Piedmont’s most gifted traditional bluesmen and is a N.C. Heritage Award winner. Born in Orange County in 1929, he grew up on a small farm and began playing the blues at age 14. The bluesman has performed at the National Folk Festival and Carnegie Hall, and he has conducted multiple overseas tours — many of which were sponsored by the U.S. State Department — in Thailand, Africa, Singapore and Turkey. Now in his 80s, Holeman continues to perform regularly throughout North Carolina.

Though he never met musician 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 whom Fuller had mentored. Holeman uses both the Piedmont and Texas guitar styles, and he currently works with the Hillsborough-based Music Maker Relief Foundation, which released his album You Got To Lose, You Can’t Win All The Time in 2008.

The Nov. 11 performance, part of the museum’s Music of the Carolinas series, is presented with PineCone, with support from the N.C. Museum of History Associates, Williams Mullen and WLHC-FM/WLQC-FM.

For more information about the N.C. Museum of History, call (919) 807-7900 or visit the museum’s website or connect with museum on Facebook and Twitter.


Michael "Beach Mick" Hudson

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Michael "Beach Mick" Hudson is the founder and Editor of Beach Carolina Magazine. Living along the coast of North Carolina, Mike has a passion for the beach and loves to bring news and events of the Carolinas to others around the world.

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