Roy Book Binder
Friday, June 30

“Roy has the goods: the original, the bare-knuckle, the low-down . . . blues. Who can say they were friends with the Rev. Gary Davis, Pink Anderson and Robert Lockwood? And toured with Arthur Big Boy Crudup, Hot Tuna, JJ Cale & Bonnie Raitt? Roy can. He has the stories, the licks, and the mystery of timeless music in his fingers. He’s been featured on a PBS special and interviewed by Terry Gross on “Fresh Air.” He’s also a regular at Fur Peace Ranch, where he teaches along with Jorma Kaukonen. When he brings his  'Tour Bus' to town, a one-man blues-fest ensues. He plays and he entertains, feeding us music and stories, and the evening is a celebration for us all. We’re privileged to have Roy here to preserve–and extend—the tradition of great American blues music.
– James Hipp

“This is probably the best way to hear master finger picker Roy Book Binder: in a live performance, with his reminiscences and stories linking all of the individual songs together into a single cohesive set piece. Between and even within some of the songs, we hear amusing anecdotes about some of his personal and professional relationships-with his mentor, Rev. Gary Davis, with Carolina bluesman, Pink Anderson, and with his friend and colleague, Jorma Kaukonen (who also plays guitar on a few tracks). His repertoire here concentrates on covers of his favorite pre-war pickers, with a heavy emphasis on Rev. Gary Davis, plus several originals that are firmly within that tradition. Book Binder is one of the finest blues finger pickers active today. This is music for a lazy Saturday afternoon - nothing to intense, just an hours worth of well- played music and well-told stories that you can close your eyes and get lost in.”
– Blues Review

“Blues and Rhythm
Here is a master storyteller who can really crank out the blues.”
– Blues and Rhythm







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