Lakota John & Kin


John Lakota Locklear, born in 1997, grew up listening to his dad’s music collection.  At seven years old, he picked up the harmonica and at nine his first guitar.  Intrigued by the sound of the slide guitar, by ten he had bought himself a glass slide, placed it on his pinky finger and has been sliding ever since. On this recording he is joined by Mama Tonya, Papa John and Sister Layla; a proud Lumbee and Oglala Nation family of talented musicians.

The Lumbee Nation includes 50,000 members who call the enchanting area around Robeson County, with its swamps and cypress trees, home. The Oglala Sioux Nation of Pine Ridge, known for its rich historical sites and events, is the eighth largest reservation in the United States.  Since the creation of blues music, Native people have paid an often overlooked but deep contribution to this musical tradition. The father of the blues, Charlie Patton, was a Choctaw Indian. Scrapper Blackwell, Jesse Ed Davis, Elizabeth Cotten, Jimi Hendrix and so many of our great blues and jazz artists celebrated their Native American heritage. Lakota John & Kin continue to stir our musical southern stew with their ancestors’ ancient harmonies and traditional blues melded together.


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  1. New Orleans Town Rag (D. Locklear arr by Lakota John)
  2. Amazing Grace (trad.)
  3. Give It Up (or let me go) (B. Raitt, Kokomo)
  4. Charley Stone (L. Johnson, copyright control)
  5. Key to the Highway (W.C. Segar, W. Broonzy)
  6. Women Be Wise (S. Wallace, Acorn)
  7. Crooked World Blues (S. Freiberg Copyright Control)
  8. San Francisco Bay (J. Fuller, copyright control)
  9. Going Home (C. Patton)
  10. Pallet on Your Floor (trad.)
  11. Crossroads Blues (R. Johnson)
  12. Freight Train/Yazoo Rag (E. Cotten, Kitchen Synchopators)
  13. Just A Closer Walk With Thee (trad.)

Music Maker Series: MMCD163 Recorded March 2012 and March 2013 at Music Maker Studios, Hillsborough, NC. Recorded by Raphaël Evrard, Tim Duffy. Produced by Tim Duffy, Aaron Greenhood.

Cover Photo © T. Duffy  Back Cover Photo© A. Greenhood Album Layout by Mark Beeson . John Lakota Locklear; Slide Guitar, Vocals. John Locklear, Sr.; Guitar, backup vocals. Layla Locklear; lead vocals on 3, 6, and 13, fiddle. Tonya Locklear; Washboard. George Johnson; Bass.


Press Release:

Lakota John and Kin Press Release


Acclaim for Lakota John:

“Locklear captivates his audiences with his unique blues-style of playing and ‘old man’ soulful blues vocals.” – PineCone

“Locklear is practically a veteran performer, having played festivals as far-flung as Washington state, with his stout build, ancient blues moan and polished stage presence belying his lack of age.” – IndyWeek


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Lakota John Cover   Lakota John, Papa John, Layla, and Tonya

Photo credit: Aaron Greenhood