John Dee HOleman painting

John Dee Holeman

  John Dee Holeman learned to play Piedmont Blues listening to Blind Boy Fuller songs like “Step It Up And Go.” He moved to Durham in 1954 and took a job at Liggett and Myers Tobacco Company. On weekends he played music at private functions and house parties, often in the company of musicians...

Killing The Blues

My design tribute to the song, Killing The Blues. This design is based on my folk art pieces that I make for songs like this. My folk art is made using rough cut funky blocks of wood. Colorful and offbeat. Handpainted and hand-lettered. I adapted the folk art piece to a design for T-shirts....

Seeing Music

Folk Art Assemblages by Sleepy Tom. The pieces featured in this show reflect Tom’s interest in live music, with a focus on the Blues and other forms of roots music. Subjects include NC and New Orleans Blues musicians and scenes of local music festivals like Hopscotch and Wide Open Bluegrass. With live Blues by...

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