Interview with Lakota John, Pembroke, North Carolina

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Lakota John
Lakota John (Pembroke, North Carolina) 

Lakota John is a Native American artist, songwriter, producer, and musician from Southeastern North Carolina. Lakota John has toured nationally and internationally, performing in venues including the Kennedy Center, the Institute of American Indian Arts Music Fest in Santa Fe, and the Piedmont Blues Festival. He has shared the stage with artists including Pura Fe, Taj Mahal, Keith Secola, and Dom Flemons. He has studied with blues masters John Cephas and Phil Wiggins, among others, and was an artist with the Music Maker Relief Foundation, performing locally as one of their Next Generation Artists alongside elder Bluesmen. His recorded releases include Old Bluez That’s Newz to Me (2009), Lakota John and Kin (2013), and The Winds of Time (2017). Lakota John was awarded a Carolina Music Award in the America/Bluegrass category and has won first place in the 2019 Road to Memphis PBPS Blues Challenge Solo/Duo Competition. 

Interviewed by Tamar Sella, 10/16/2020.
Tamar Sella
Music; United States; Covid-19 Pandemic
Pembroke, North Carolina
Musicians in America during the Covid-19 Pandemic
Society for Ethnomusicology

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