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.
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