Boo Hanks grew up sharecropping in Vance County, N.C., where he learned to play guitar. Music Maker has helped Boo go from being heard only in his community to playing for thousands at shows and festivals across the country and around the world. Dom Flemons, who won a Grammy in 2011 with the Drops, was at Music Maker the day Hanks first arrived, and their friendship and collaborations grew from that first jam session over the next six years.
Hanks’ and Flemons’ new album Buffalo Junction, named for Hanks’ hometown in Virginia, features upbeat, country blues that crosses generational lines. The album highlights Hanks on the guitar and vocals, while Flemons plays a variety of traditional instruments such as the jug, harmonica, bones and also sings backup vocals.
Dom Flemons said of the recording experience: “Boo Hanks is a treasure. His vocal and guitar phrases are something so unique and forgotten in the modern world of folk and blues. He an absolutely engaging songster and it has been a pleasure to have played with him for several years and to be a part of this album which will hopefully present his music to a much wider audience.”
The Illinois Entertainer calls Buffalo Junction, “Fascinating, important, a singular musical experience, and required listening for blues, folk, and musical history fans alike featuring dazzling picking.”
Buffalo Junction is now available at musicmaker.org here – and you can see Boo and Dom live this summer! Tour dates are below, more info to come!
8/15 World Café in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Time: Doors open 7:30pm, Show 9:30pm
8/16 Joe’s Pub in New York City
8/17 Blue Ridge Music Center in Galax, Virginia
Time: 7pm; pre-show talk in small theater
Tickets: $10 ($8 Students & Seniors)
8/19 The Hamilton in Washington, D.C. on August 19