Pictures: John Dee Holeman at Sertoma

john-dee-holeman-8Cary, NC – It was another evening of iffy weather, but that didn’t keep an enthusiastic crowd from enjoying the music of roots bluesman John Dee Holeman. We sent photographer Brian Speice to cover the performance on Saturday night at Sertoma Amphitheatre in Cary.

John Dee Holeman

From Wikipedia:

John Dee Holeman (born April 4, 1929) is an American Piedmont blues guitarist, singer, and songwriter. His music includes elements of Texas blues, R&B and jazz.

Holeman was born in Hillsborough, North Carolina, United States, but since 1954 he has been based in Durham, North Carolina. Inspired by Blind Boy Fuller, Holeman was both singing and playing his guitar at local parties and other events by his mid-teens. By his mid-twenties Holeman had bought his first electric guitar and relocated to Durham, where he played with the pianist, Fris Holloway.

During his working lifetime, Holeman had full-time employment was a construction worker, and music was a part-time pursuit. In 1994, Holeman was presented with the North Carolina Folk Heritage Award. A song he co-wrote with Kenny Wayne Shepherd, “Chapel Hill Boogie”, was featured on the 2007 Grammy Award nominated album, 10 Days Out: Blues from the Backroads.


On Saturday at Sertoma, Holeman played along with musician Tad Walters. All photos by Brian Speice for CaryCitizen.