Acoustic country blues from the Blue Ridge mountains...
When you think of the blues - real blues - you think of the Delta, and names like Lightning Hopkins, Robert Johnson and the Reverend Gary Davis… grizzled old men with hands like a pair of ancient snakeskin boots, bent from trials only they could know. What you don’t think of, what you don’t expect, is a woman named Heidi. That’s about to change. Heidi Holton is turning heads with her unique take on one of America’s oldest popular musical traditions. At once authentic and yet utterly new, her take on blues standards such as Baby Please Don’t Go and Statesboro Blues is nothing short of a revelation. Her tasteful originals shine just as brightly, seemingly both familiar and fresh.
Holton began young, leaving western North Carolina to play in rock bands in Athens, GA and New Orleans, before the blues called and she answered. Having studied under the great Jorma Kaukonen and then disappearing to Alaska’s arctic interior to perfect her craft, her blues chops have come honestly: She is no poser. She is no tourist. Heidi Holton is the real deal, delivering traditional finger-style blues with a twist, blending the old and new into a saucy gumbo that is as riveting as it is… charming? Who’s ever said that about the blues? Any of those lucky enough to have caught her act, that’s who. The good news? You’re lucky, too. She’s playing at a venue near you.