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"How I Got the Blues"
June 3, 2017
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 Mississippi 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.