Archive for October 2012

Interview with Boo Hanks and Dom Flemons

Monday, October 15th, 2012

On today’s show I speak with Piedmont blues guitarist and singer Boo Hanks and multi-instrumentalist Dom Flemons of the Carolina Chocolate Drops.  They have a new album out on the Music Maker label entitled, “Buffalo Junction” and I caught up with them recently before their show at Joe’s Pub in Manhattan.

I speak with Boo and Dom about their influences, style and collaboration over the last several years.  We delve into Boo Hanks’ early history growing up on the Virginia – North Carolina border, the “Piedmont” area where his distinctive style of guitar comes from and where he was born 84 years ago.  Boo learned guitar from his father but was most attracted the style of Blind Boy Fuller and cites him as his primary musical influence.  Boo has worked as a farmer for his entire life, raising his many children on their family farm, and playing guitar for country dances and functions.  Over the past several years he has toured extensively, performing his excellent country blues music for audiences around the United States and Europe.

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