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Sunday, August 24, 2008

John Dee Holeman Benifit Concert With Andy Coats

Andy sent me an email about a nice event he is particpating in to help defray some medical costs for John Dee Holeman. Holeman is one of the last authenic Piedmont style musicians around and he has had a big influence on Andy. If you are in the North Carolina area then check them out.

As you know these old bluesman are living treasures. Unlike other styles of music where yesterdays artists are quickly thrown into the dustbin of one hits wonders and hasbeens. The blues celebrates it past and it living breathing history. We never throw aside our old artists but embrace them. So if near Durham NC, go check out the real blues of John Dee Holman.


This is one you won’t want to miss – a special benefit concert for Mr. John Dee Holeman, where the living legend himself will be joining me onstage.

Mr. Holeman has had some unexpected medical expenses of late, and so the Triangle Blues Society, Triangle Rockin’ Blues, and the Pizza Palace of Durham have put together this unique event to help defray those costs.

Friday, Aug. 29, 7-10 pm

Andy Coats, with very special guest John Dee Holeman

Pizza Palace of Durham

3128 Guess Rd., Durham


NO COVER CHARGE, donations encouraged!

As you know, Mr. Holeman has become a mentor and friend to me, and is one of the few “real deal” Piedmont blues musicians still living.

Here’s a brief summary of his accomplishments, from Sherry Johnson:

John Dee Holeman, a history lesson in blues, is a 1988 recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellowship, the highest honor that the U.S. bestows upon traditional artists (profile at In 1994, he was awarded the North Carolina Folk Heritage Award (see No artificial sweetener here -- this is the real stuff. Pure raw cane sugar blues!!

One Black Rat:

UNC-TV interview:

I hope all of you within driving distance can join us for this wonderful event!

All the best,



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