Another living legend comes to the ACMA! Roy has the goods: the original, the bare-knuckle, the low-down . . . blues. Who can say they were friends with the Rev. Gary Davis, Pink Anderson and Robert Lockwood? And toured with Arthur Big Boy Crudup, Hot Tuna, JJ Cale & Bonnie Raitt ? Roy can. He has the stories, the licks, and the mystery of timeless music in his fingers. He’s been featured on a PBS special and interviewed by Terry Gross on “Fresh Air.” He’s also a regular at Fur Peace Ranch, where he teaches along with Jorma Kaukonen. When he brings his ‘Tour Bus’ to town, a one-man blues-fest ensues. He plays and he entertains, feeding us music and stories, and the evening is a celebration for us all. We’re privileged to have Roy here to preserve–and extend—the tradition of great American blues music.
Book Binder, travelled with the legendary Rev. Gary Davis in the late 60’s….. The Book, recorded his first solo acoustic Blues album in the 70’s, which was the first to receive 5 stars in DOWNBEAT magazine! In the late 80’s ‘The Book’ was part of Bonnie Raitt’s East Coast Tour, which included an appearance on The Grand Old Opry which led to almost 30 appearances on NASHVILLE NOW’s, Ralph Emory Show! In the 90’s he often appeared with JORMA KAUKONEN (who recorded 2 of Roy’s songs)
Last Aug. 19th, THE GOOD BOOK, Roy’s latest release of all original songs, reached #3 on AirPlayDirect’s Americana charts! #1 was Guy Clark & #2 was the late Townes Van Zandt. Folkdj.org had Roy in the top 3 artists for July.
Opening musician Karen Cohen:
Karen got her start playing the guitar with her sister, a few friends, and trying to sound out the chords from old records. She learned to fingerpick, at USDAN, a summer music camp on
Long Island NY. Then, too shy to sing and perform, she turned to the Visual Arts as a young adult.
In more recent years, Karen was able to gain confidence with the enthusiastic support of a wonderful community of musicians here in Southwest Florida.
During these “Guitar Revival” years, she was Affectionately penned “The Acoustic Queen”
at open mics and jam circles around the Punta Gorda, and Englewood areas.
She is a long time member of the Ghilcrest Guitar Army and has attended the Swannanoa Gathering in North Carolina over the past few years.
For more than a decade, Karen has worked on arrangements of Mississippi Delta Blues and Slide Guitar.
She began by emulating Rory Block, who is renowned for her authentic renditions of that genre. In Karen’s words…I had never heard a woman playing “old style” Blues before and it had a profound effect on me. I did not know women could play like that, so before I heard Rory Block, it never occurred to me to try. “
Karen wants you to know what a special honor it is to open here tonight for one of her other heros.., Roy Bookbinder… many years ago she learned his version of Hesitation Blues from one of Roy’s teaching DVDs. and she will cover it tonight…..
if she does’nt chicken out… and… with Roy’s permission of course.
But Karen loves all kinds of music and, continues to expand her repertoire, now adding some of her own originals to her list.
She is still playing at Open Mics and Jam Circles in the area, and at ACMA events and here the Listening Room.