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Toby Walker
"How I Got the Blues"

June 3, 2017

8 pm


Acclaimed roots music, finger-style guitar virtuoso and songwriter, Toby Walker’s passion for blues, rags, folk and other traditional music inspired him to travel to the MississippiPicture Delta, Virginia and the Carolinas in search of some of the talented music-makers of an earlier era. “How I Got the Blues” is the story of this incredible journey.  

Through soul-stirring songs, humorous stories and a slide show, Toby escorts his audience through the Deep South, where he learned songs and licks from such old-time musicians as Eugene Powell, James “Son” Thomas, Etta Baker and R. L. Burnside and others who laid the foundation for the Blues. Toby illustrates his narrative with performances on a variety of instruments, including a one-string diddley bow, National Steel guitars, harmonicas and a cigar-box guitar.  

Toby blends blues, ragtime, country, bluegrass, rock and old-time jazz into his own unique style.  His musicianship has earned him numerous accolades including the International Blues Challenge Award, presented by the Blues Foundation in Memphis, Tenn. He also won the NY Music Award for Best Instrumental CD in 2012, sharing honors with Mariah Carey, Rufus Wainswright and Judy Collins, among others.

In addition to performing and songwriting, Toby teaches guitar. He has released six instructional DVD’s for Homespun Tapes. For six-years, he taught at the Fur Peace Ranch Guitar Camp, operated by Jorma Kaukonen of  Hot Tuna and Jefferson Airplane. Carnegie Hall hired him to augment and teach their “American Roots” program for honor-level middle school students.  

In addition to touring the United States, Toby has brought his music to England, Wales, France, Germany, Belgium and The Netherlands. He has been featured in The New YorkTimes and the London Sunday Times as well as on  the London BBC and Sirius-XM radio. His most recent CD, “Mileage,” has been extremely well reviewed.



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