Gaston County Museum’s 15th Annual Blues Out Back concert series takes place the second Friday of the month from May to September, from 6:30pm to 8pm. Bring your blankets, lawn chairs and a picnic and enjoy live music behind the museum, at 131 W. Main Street in Dallas. The descriptions below are from the Gaston County Museum’s website.
May 10th: Abe Reid
June 14th: Big Ron Hunter
July 12th: John Dee Holeman & Tad Walters
August 9th: David Holt & Josh Goforth
September 13: Boo Hanks
Gaston County Museum will host the performance of bluesmen, Boo Hanks, as part of their 15th Annual free “Blues out Back” summer concert series on Friday, September 13from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on the lawn behind the museum.
James Arthur “Boo” Hanks is an acoustic Blues guitarist, who began 75 years ago, with roots in the Piedmont string band and Blues traditions. He saved money for his first guitar by selling packets of garden seeds and it was with this guitar that he began picking out the same old-time songs he heard his father playing after long days in the tobacco field.
As a young man in the 1940s, Hanks earned pocket change playing guitar at barn dances with his cousins accompanying him on mandolin and spoons. His rich musical repertoire reflects his multi-ethnic heritage (his ancestors were white, African American, Ocinneechee Indian and family folklore believes they are descendants of Abraham Lincoln’s mother Mary Hanks.)
Today, Boo Hanks lives in Virgilina, Virginia, just over the North Carolina border, a stones throw from the rolling hills where he was born. Drawing from the deep musical well of his region, Boo Hanks showcases his virtuosity in the driving time and delicate finger-style guitar of the classic Piedmont Blues made famous by Blind Boy Fuller. At the age of 79, he made his first recording and at 82 he has enjoyed performances around home as well as Lincoln Center and Belgium.
“Most people, when they hear me play, they think it’s two guitars, because I play the bass and the other strings at the same time. They say, man that’s two guitars, and I say no, me, it’s just me by myself. They say, don’t believe you, it sounds like two guitars to me.” – Boo Hanks