2008 Hampton Acoustic Blues Revival set for April 12 at TNCC

Published: March 29, 2008

The Seventh Annual Hampton Acoustic Blues Revival, hosted by the Natchel’ Blues Network, will be presented at Thomas Nelson Community College’s (TNCC) Mary T. Christian Auditorium, Hampton, on April 12 from 4:00-9:30 p.m. The free event ? made possible with support from the Hampton Arts Commission and the TNCC Cultural Affairs Committee ? is open to the public.

The festival line up this year includes winners of the Tidewater area’s International Blues Competition, Bobby “Blackhat” Walters and Larry B.; a workshop by well-known Hampton Roads guitarist, Amy Ferebee; and regional and national artists, Bill Sheffield and K.J. James. Headlining the festival is multitalented Daryl Davis, a keyboardist, vocalist and guitarist. The Maryland resident is also an author, professional actor, and lecturer.

Davis is the first African American author to write a book that presents a perspective on the Ku Klux Klan (KKK). Titled Klan Destine Relationships, the book is the result of some interesting friendships Davis developed when he was the only black member of a country band at one time. The author recalls one day being approached by a man who told him that he enjoyed his music, and that this was the first time he had seen a black man play piano like Jerry Lee Lewis.

Davis explained to the man that both he and Lewis learned from the same sources. The man continued to follow Davis’s band and became a “regular.” It turns out that the fan was also a KKK member. Davis wrote the book after meeting several members and leaders of the organization who consequently quit the KKK giving the musician their robes and hoods after getting to know Davis.

Having appeared on stage and the big screen, Davis’s most recent acting appearance was on the television show, The Wire. In 1985, Pinetop Perkins, considered to be one of the greatest Blues and Boogie pianists, selected 27-year-old Daryl Davis to succeed him in the piano and vocal slot in the Legendary Blues Band. The late and legendary pianist Johnnie Johnson praised Davis’s ability to master with authenticity, a piano style that was popular 50 years before he was born. Both pianists claimed Davis as their godson.

Davis’ CD, American Roots, received rave reviews from Living Blues and Blues Revue magazines, and received the 2005 WAMA (Washington Area Music Association) Award for Best Roots Music Artist and the 2006 WAMMIE for Best Blues Instrumentalist. Davis has toured nationwide and in Europe.

For more information please contact, TNCC Cultural Affairs Committee Chair Ms. Shar Wolff at 757-825-2775.

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