House of Dues

Guitar, steel guitar, vocals, songwriting are my musical interests.. I play a variety of guitars, a Tele with Texas Specials, an SG for slide, a 336 Gibson.  Recently, I've developed a line of lap steel guitars with my longtime friend and luthier, John Mark Hampton of Moriah Guitars. My wife Amanda hand painted some beautiful designs on these instruments.   I'm lucky to play with great and talented musicians... making music with great people. 

Greensboro based House of Dues has brought together the genres of blues, funk, R&B in their own style.  Keyboard player Chris Robinson fuels the band with New Orleans infused funk, jazz and blues organ. Veteran drummer Chuck Cotton's solid playing has supported many of the greats in blues music-Bob Margolin, CJ Chanier, Nappy Brown, Pinetop Perkins, among others.  He is carving out new ground with HOD. Chuck's soulful singing and playing are top notch. Steve Blake on Tenor sax, is another talent who stretches from jazz to latin, and blues in between. Philly bass player via South Carolina is AJ Diggs, who brings the funk and soulful singing to the band, and who had, among others, a stint with the Blue Notes. David Bolton on Guitar, steel guitar and vocals rounds out the band. Their release "Cross That Line"  includes the track, "Ballad for Billy Hobbs" a memorial to a local blues legend and friend of the band, Billy "Ransom" Hobbs who was killed in a house fire, and whose killer is still at large.  

HOD came about through a Fat Tuesday gig in 2010, and stuck together to win the Piedmont Blues Preservation Society's Blues Challenge in 2012, performing at the International Blues Competition later that year. Their first album, "Gimme Some Hotcakes" began as a demo project, but the recording was so easy and enjoyable, it was released as a CD that includes a dozen blues and R&B standards, including updates of Willie Dixon's "Spoonful", and the Neville Brothers' "Fire on the Bayou". The title track is an original tune, which was recently featured on the soundtrack for the film, "Find A Way." HOD released "Cross That Line in the fall of 2013. David's new recording, "Field Trip" released in August of 2016, and is available now online.

Bars, Blues, and Booze: Stories from the Drinkhouse  

A new book by Emily D. Edwards, PhD, titled Bars, Blues, and Booze: Stories from the Drinkhouse includes stories from musicians throughout the South. I was fortunate to have some of my personal stories included in the University Press of Mississippi-published book. I also was on WUNC radio's State of Things program with Emily and Logie Meachum performing on the broadcast. I've linked the podcast below.

From the author's website, http://drinkhousestories.org, the book "collects lively bar tales from the intersection of black and white musical cultures in the South. Many of these stories do not seem dignified, decent, or filled with uplifting euphoria, but they are real narratives of people who worked hard with their hands during the week to celebrate the weekend with music and mind-altering substances. These are stories of musicians who may not all be famous celebrities, but are men and women deeply occupied with their craft; professional musicians stuck with a day job. The collection also includes stories from fans and bar owners, people vital to shaping a local music scene. The stories’ explore the “crossroads,” that intoxicated intersection of spirituality, race, and music that forms a rich, southern vernacular. In personal narratives, musicians and partygoers relate tales of narrow escape (almost getting busted by the law while transporting moonshine), of desperate poverty (rat-infested kitchens and repossessed cars), of magic (hiring a root doctor to make a charm), and loss (death or incarceration). Here are stories of defiant miscegenation, of forgetting race and going out to eat together after a jam, and then not being served. Assorted boasts of improbable hijinks give the “blue collar” musician a wild, gritty glamour and emphasize the riotous freedom of their fans, who sometimes risk the strong arm of southern liquor laws in order to chase the good times."

The book is available online, locally in Greensboro at Barnes & Noble Friendly Center, Scuppernong Books on Elm St. or from the author's website, drinkhousestories.org

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Rhythm Bones

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Rusty Nail, 5th Ave, Wilmington

Join us for an afternoon of Rhythm and Blues at the classic Rusty Nail! Originals and blues for your Sunday afternoon pleasure. Start time 3pm

Dec21

Rhythm Bones final show at Ted's

Teds by the River , Castle St, Wilmington

Ted's by the River in Wilmington is closing after 8 years! We're sad to see such a great venue go, but glad to share in it's send off. We will have special guests galore, including Tim Betts on guitar, Scott Adair on Baritone, Steve Blake on tenor sax. It is a warm up to the Rhythm Bones Christmas Party the next night at the Rusty Nail. Please join us and help raise the roof for Logie Meachum our fellow bluesman who is battling prostate cancer. We're raising money for his medical treatment. He will also be singing with us... DO NOT MISS THESE TWO SHOWS!!!

The Rhythm Bones Christmas Show w special guests

Rusty Nail, 5th Ave, Wilmington

It' that time of year again, and we are having a Rhythm Bones Christmas Party! Besides your favorite Wilmawood band, Scott Adair will be joining us on Baritone Sax. Scott is the musical director for the Carolina Horns who tour with The Temptations and 4 Tops for the last 25 years. Scott was trained by saxophone great Joe Lavano when at Berkley School of Music. Next, tenor saxophone player Steve Blake will join us. Steve is a veteran musician who also plays with Greensboro's House of Dues and West End Mambo. And to top it off, guitarist Tim Betts will join us. Tim toured with Louisiana accordion great CJ Chenier and is Dicky Bett's cousin! We are also fortunate to have blues storytelling and singing legend Logie Meachum joining us! Logie is fighting prostate cancer, and we are raising money for him to help pay for his treatment medicine. Please come and celebrate with us in the spirit of Christmas at the Rusty Nail. This is guaranteed to be a show you don't want to miss!

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Rhythm Bones

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Rusty Nail, 5th Ave, Wilmington

Join us for an afternoon of Rhythm and Blues at the classic Rusty Nail! Originals and blues for your Sunday afternoon pleasure. Start time 3pm

Rhythm Bones

In Wilmington, NC, I'm fortunate enough to play with some talented musicians. Jim Nelson hails from Lafyette LA and plays some fine delta infused piano. He's a song writer and singer, and we've begun to collaborate on tunes for the Rhythm Bones. Joining us in this venture is Al payson from NY. Al previously has toured and recorded with Jose Felliciano and plays  bass with a vengence. On drums is Dave Toma, a fine musician who keeps us in the pocket!

Look for us around town. We look forward to seeing you out!