Podcast with Dom Flemons of Carolina Chocolate Drops, who plays on Saturday with Boo Hanks at Blue Ridge Music Center, Galax
CORRECTION: Dom Flemons’ name was misspelled in earlier drafts of this post.
On Saturday, Blue Ridge Music Center, in Galax, continues its amphitheater season with “Country Bluesman & Songsters: Dom Flemons, Boo Hanks, Lightnin’ Wells.”
When Flemons was just starting out with the Grammy-winning Carolina Chocolate Drops, he met up with Music Maker Relief Foundation founder Tim Duffy, who invited him in 2006 to come hear a fellow the foundation had just discovered, Boo Hanks.
Hanks, from Virgilina, had worked North Carolina tobacco farms most of his life, only playing for small gatherings around home, but his Piedmont-style blues finger picking style was finally being noticed. Flemons and Hanks struck up a jam, a friendship — and recently, the album “Buffalo Junction.”
“Ever since that first moment, we all were just completely elated, just to be able to have met someone like Boo,” Flemons said in a phone interview last week.
Flemons and the 84-year-old Hanks have taken to the road, including a stop on Saturday at Blue Ridge Music Center. Hear Flemons talk about Hanks’ “mind-blowing” personal and family history on this podcast, including streaming music from “Buffalo Junction” — “Truckin’ My Blues Away,” “Drinkin’ Wine,” “Going Down to Cincinnati” and “Girls Are Crazy About Me.”
Before the amphitheater concert, Flemons, Hanks and Lightnin’ Wells will do a talk and performance at the music center’s small theater. By the way, Flemons speaks highly of Wells, another Music Maker cat, and his multi-instrumental blues playing.
Interesting side note: I spoke with Hanks by phone on Monday, but he declined my request to make a podcast of the interview. So I’ll be transcribing it and updating this page with quotes from our talk. I don’t blame him for not trusting the internetz!
Show details: 5 p.m. (concert begins at 7 p.m.) Blue Ridge Music Center, milepost 213, Blue Ridge Parkway, near Galax. $10; $8 to students, seniors; free to children 12 and younger. 276-236-5309 (ext. 112), blueridgemusiccenter.or