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Boo Hanks

Saturday, February 11, 2012 @ 8:00 pm - Thursday, June 2, 2022 @ 11:26 am
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James Arthur “Boo” Hanks is an 83-year-old acoustic blues guitarist with roots in the Piedmont string band and blues traditions. He saved money for his first guitar by selling packets of garden seeds, picking out the same old-time songs he heard his father playing after long days in the tobacco field. As a young man in the 1940s, Hanks earned pocket change playing guitar at barn dances with his cousins accompanying him on mandolin and spoons.

His rich musical repertoire reflects his multiethnic heritage (his ancestors were white, African American, Ocinneechee Indian and family folklore believes they are descendants of Abraham Lincoln’s mother Mary Hanks). Today, Hanks lives in Virgilina, Virginia, just over the North Carolina border (a stone’s throw from the rolling hills where he was born). Drawing from the deep musical well of his region, Hanks showcases his virtuosity in the driving time and delicate finger-style guitar of the classic Piedmont blues style made famous by Blind Boy Fuller.


Saturday, February 11, 2012 @ 8:00 pm
Thursday, June 2, 2022 @ 11:26 am
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Daniels Auditorium
5 E Edenton St
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