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Sounds Like: John Hammond, Rory Block, Blind Blake, Kokomo Arnold, Robert Johnson
Bio: Chris Yakopcic is a fingerstyle acoustic blues player, vocalist, and songwriter inspired by pre-war delta and piedmont players. His guitar playing builds on the rhythmic and often high energy thumb-bass picking patterns innovated by Robert Johnson, Bill Broonzy, and Blind Blake (among others).
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“Starting things off on the good foot will be a 1 p.m. performance by Pittsburgh native and Dayton resident Chris Yakopcic, who won the solo/duo honors at the 2012 Cincinnati Blues Society “Road to Memphis” Blues Challenge. “Chris is an amazing talent,” Hayes explained. “He plays both the guitar and harmonica exceptionally well. I think everyone will enjoy his style, especially people who love artists from the old Stax Records label.””