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March 11, 2018
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Meet Five of Our Legendary Instructors!

Today, we are featuring five brilliant Homespun artists who have helped untold numbers of aspiring players to improve their musical skills. We are pleased to offer their most popular Homespun lessons at half price.  - Happy and Jane Traum
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Doc Watson
The late Arthel "Doc" Watson was one of the most beloved and musically adept performers on the American music scene. Born and raised in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, Doc had been delighting audiences for nearly fifty years with his wonderful singing and spectacular guitar musicianship. With more than 25 albums, four Grammys, numerous awards and countless live performances, Doc will forever remain a "national music treasure," a true master of traditional guitar styles. Doc passed away on May 29, 2012 but his legacy is carried on through MerleFest, the great Americana music event that he founded more than 30 years ago. 

Toby Walker is a fingerstyle guitar virtuoso, especially adept at blues, rags and hot country picking. He is also a skilled singer and songwriter who draws inspiration from traditional and contemporary music, having learned directly from blues masters Eugene Powell, James "Son" Thomas, Etta Baker and R. L. Burnside, among others. 
     Toby takes that musical foundation and creates something uniquely his own. He has been eagerly received in concert halls, festivals and coffeehouses throughout the U.S., England and Europe. Toby has been featured in the N.Y. Times, London Sunday Times, Elmore Magazine, Downbeat and Blues Revue, among many others.

Toby Walker
Roy Book Binder
Roy learned to play the blues from Rev. Gary Davis, Pink Anderson and other legendary bluesmen. Since then, he has been on the road spreading his unique brand of "hillbilly country blues" for more than 45 years.  Though he has performed with such artists as B.B. King, Bonnie Raitt, Ray Charles and Doc Watson, "Book" usually brings his music, his wit and talents as a raconteur onto the stage as a solo artist. He is listed in the Blues Who's Who, appeared regularly on TNN's "Nashville Now" and has received five-star ratings from Billboard. He now has more than a dozen solo CDs to his credit and is sought after as a workshop teacher as well as a performer.

Two DVD Set

Dr. John - his real name is Mac Rebennack - has been playing a heady brew of New Orleans R&B, gospel, and funk for over three decades. He has over twenty solo records to his credit, and has played side man on literally hundreds of other singles and albums. The good doctor is truly a "conjure man;" his rollicking boogie- woogie and blues, unpretentious voice, and flamboyant style are hypnotic. A prodigious songwriter, masterful piano player, two-time Grammy Award winner and celebrated ambassador of New Orleans music, Mac has secured a place for himself in rock history. The Los Angeles Times called him "a marvelous link in a chain of great New Orleans R&B piano players stylistically descended from Professor Longhair." 

Dr. John
Two DVD set
Rory Block

World-renowned for her mastery of country blues, Rory Block has won the W.C. Handy award for "Traditional Blues Female Artist of the Year" and "Acoustic Blues Album of the Year" several times. Add to these laurels the French "Trophees France Blues 98 -- International Guitarist Acoustique '98" -- and one can see that Rory Block has become one of the all-time highest regarded blues artists in the world.
       Block plays regularly to devoted, enthusiastic audiences throughout America and Europe. She's performed and recorded with an such luminaries as Bonnie Raitt, Stevie Wonder, Mark Knopfler, Taj Mahal, Keb' Mo, Jorma Kaukonen and many others. An esteemed presence as a songwriter, she garnered not only a gold record in Europe for her album, "Best Blues And Originals," but has also won three INDIE awards for "Best Adult Contemporary Album of the Year."

"Rory Block has been an inspiration to me since we started out years ago. Her guitar playing, singing and songwriting are some of the most soulful in traditional and modern blues." - Bonnie Raitt

Two DVD Set