I am one of a very small group of singer-guitar players in the New England area who perform the old blues and ragtime styles that were common in the Southern US, prior to World War II.
I Started down this road around 1960 but wasn't much of a player for a long time, as I had a really hard time finding someone to teach me the basics of finger-picking.
Played rock in the beginning, but got into the "Folk Thing" early on. Heard Dave Van Ronk, then Leadbelly. Switched from electric to acoustic.
In 1972, I lived in Paris, France for a while and was part of a sort-of "street theater" group of minstrels and dancers. We worked the streets and subway system for about 2 to 3 hours every afternoon. What fun!
If you did that sort of thing in America at that time, you would be arrested! Thankfully, times have changed!
From the late 1970s to the early 1990s, there were three successive "duos". The first two were "folkie", but the last was pure blues. I teamed up with a killer harp player, and we worked a lot in the folk venues and bars around Cape Cod and Marthas Vineyard.
For the past 2 decades, I have worked as a solo player, branched out into alternate guitar tunings, and other instruments--but always pre-war blues and ragtime.
Over the years, I have played most of the acoustic venues-the church coffee houses, the bistros, and the folk clubs in the SE Massachusetts area, as well as a few blues and folk festivals.
I continue to do this, but have become more "selective" in recent years.
I have recently recorded a CD, some tracks of which are available online. Another session is underway, and will be available soon.
When I'm not gigging, i occasionally sit in with bluegrass players, or sing and play slide guitar (a la Elmore James) with electric blues bands!
I have recently begun working with another Delta style player, and we have been playing a bit in the SE Massachusetts area.
I (we) are available for gigs, house concerts, and festivals. Contact me at my e-mail address directly. You can also find me on Facebook, Bandcamp, and Reverb Nation.
Six and 12 string guitars in various tunings, Tri-cone Resophonic Guitar, Tenor guitar and banjo, 6 string banjo, 5-String Banjo in various tunings, Mandolin, Baritone Uke (in mandolin tuning), and Autoharp.
To list only a few-
Papa Charlie Jackson, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Charlie Patton, Bo Carter, Besse Smith, Mamie Smith, Ma Rainey, Willie Brown, Bukka White, Blind Boy Fuller, Barbeque Bob, Blind Willie McTell, Memphis Minnie / Kansas Joe McCoy, Leadbelly, Cannon's Jug Stompers, Leroy Carr & Scrapper Blackwell, Big Bill Broonzy, Doc Boggs, Mississippi John Hurt, and the Johnsons-Lonnie, Blind Willie, and Robert.
Piano influences - mainly the boogie-woogie guys-Albert Ammons, Pete Johnson, Mead Lux Lewis, Fats Waller, and Jerry Lee Lewis!
Electric players- John Lee Hooker, Elmore James, Muddy Waters, Jimmie Reed.
Harp players - Noah Lewis, Hammie Nixon, Sonny Boy Williamson (I and II).