Airing Date: May 16, 2020
This series features intimate performances by regional artists who have a connection to the theater or have previously appeared on the theater’s stage. The series is directed by the theater’s Resident Artist and Production Manager, Kendrix Singletary, who has worked closely with each artist to create a very personal experience for performers and viewers.
Lakota John (May 16)
Lakota John often is referred to as an old soul with a love for the blues. He is a talented musician from Southeastern North Carolina, who grew up listening to his dad’s music library. At 6 years old he picked up harmonica, and at age 7 guitar. LJ learned to play guitar left-handed, in standard tuning, and was intrigued by the sound of the slide guitar. At age 10, he bought himself a glass slide, placed it on his pinky finger, and he has been sliding over the frets ever since.
Lakota John blends traditional styles of the Roots, Blues, Ragtime and Jazz with slide guitar, banjo, and mandolin. He adds in a bit of harmonica, and mixes in part of his Indigenous heritage with sounds of the Native American flute. He has been nominated for an American Music Award for Best Blues Recording, and recently won a Carolina Music Award in the Best Americana/Bluegrass Category. He won first place in the 2019 Road to Memphis PBPS Blues Challenge Solo/Duo Competition and made 2020 semifinals in Memphis at the International Blues Challenge.
Lakota has opened for, or shared the stage with, renowned Native artists Pura Fe, Blues icon Taj Mahal, Native American Blues Rocker Keith Secola, American Songster Dom Flemons, to name a few. He tours nationally and internationally, including selected performances at the John F. Kennedy Center and the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., performances in San Bernardino CA, Albuquerque and Santa Fe NM, and a recent tour in Italy, Switzerland, and Canada.
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