Pop Ferguson Blues Heritage Festival V

Lenoir NC, June 9, 2013:

Clyde “Pop” Ferguson Sr., whose actual birthdate is unknown, has been playing blues for 75 years. Says Pop: “No rock, no roll, just blues” and mostly from the ’20s to the ’50s.

Acknowledged by the Smithsonian Institution as one of the last traditional blues artists, several of his recordings will be featured in The Smithsonian National Museum of African-American History and Culture, opening in 2015.

Clyde Jr. plays bass with his dad, runs their nonprofit performance business and organizes this annual festival at Lenoir, booking exceptional blues artists, primarily from the Old South.

As emcee, I had lots of homework to do, but met a passel of internationally acclaimed blues musicians, got to introduce them and to experience their fantastic performances, capturing several on video.

And when time permitted, I got to sneak in a story or two.

Two-Lane Georgia at Ferguson Blues Festival V June 2013

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