When 83-year-old Boo Hanks was asked what the blues is, he replied: “Hard times, disappointment, and mistreatment.” When asked if he could elaborate he said, “No.”
Hanks doesn’t need to elaborate on his description of the Blues – his
music speaks for itself. And there is no better way to hear his Piedmont
style blues than live at one of the shows he’ll perform with Flemons.
Hanks and Flemons will be performing at the World Café in Philadelphia,
Pennsylvania, on August 15, at Joe’s Pub in New York City on August 16,
at Blue Ridge Music Center in Galax, Virginia, on August 17 and 18, and
at the Hamilton in Washington, D.C. on August 19.
Here's video of the duo:
Veteran Bluesman Boo Hanks has been playing the blues for over sixty
years in his home community on the North Carolina/Virginia line. Since
joining Music Maker Boo has had a chance to play prestigious venues
across the country, and now he's going out on tour with Dom Flemons of
the Carolina Chocolate Drops to promote their collaborative album
"Buffalo Junction." Boo and Dom formed a lasting friendship and
partnership from the day they met at Music Maker Relief Foundation's
offices, creating music that truly crosses generational lines.
Hanks is a partner artist of Music Maker, while Flemons is a Next
Generation Artist. Through Next Generation partnerships, MMRF fosters
the continuation of Southern traditional music among younger generations
of musicians. Buffalo Junction is a collaborative album that does just
Living Blues Magazine writes, "North Carolina's Music Maker label has
been digging up obscure and blissfully eccentric blues and traditional
music characters for most of their 17-year existence."
Music Maker Relief Foundation, Inc. is a tax exempt, public charity
under IRS code 501(c)3. Music Maker aims to keep our Southern culture
vital by directly supporting senior (over 55) American roots musicians
in need, expanding their professional careers, and assisting Next
Generation artists in the development of their professional careers.
Since the organization’s founding in 1994, Music Maker has assisted
hundreds of musicians who represent the traditions of Blues, Gospel,
Old-Time String Band, Jazz and more. Music Maker’s programs ensure the
talents of these cultural treasures are accessible so that our rich
musical heritage can be shared with the world and preserved for future