John Dee Holeman & Andy Coats

Saturday, 2010, October 9 - 8:00pm
5 E Edenton St
Raleigh, 27601

John Dee Holeman is a North Carolina treasure who has won National Heritage Fellowship (1988) and aNC Heritage Award (1994) over the years for his guitar playing and singing. His style on guitar combines the Piedmont Blues sound (which developed in Durham in the '30s and '40s) with touches of Texas blues and R&B. You've likely seen him playing outdoors at street festivals, at the Eno River, or in clubs. He also performed as part of PineCone's first Summer Series at Sertoma as part of his 80th birthday celebration. He will be joined by Andy Coates, a Raleigh-based blues musician doing as much as he can to keep the blues alive. In addition to writing and recording a new batch of songs, Coates has begun delving more into the Piedmont blues and working out the styles of such titans as Blind Boy Fuller and the Rev. Gary Davis. "It's an amazing technique," says Andy, "much like the style of piano players. In some ways, I feel like it's already a part of me since I grew up here."

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