When: Sun., Jan. 8, 3 p.m. 2012
Pembroke's Lakota John Locklear is a prodigious blues guitarist of Lumbee and Lakota lineage; to wit, he first began playing harmonica at age seven, guitar at nine and slide guitar 18 months later. Though Duane Allman, Derek Trucks and Eric Clapton are just a few of the mainstream icons that Locklear cites as influences, he also incorporates his Native American heritage into a bluesy blend of the fingerpicked Piedmont, acoustic Delta and electric Chicago traditions.
Now 14, 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. Recently recording with the Music Maker Relief Foundation, Locklear also performed at Shakori Hills as part of the Foundation's Revue group last spring. He returned in the fall with his own backing band, which includes his sister and father. Though the high school freshman plans to become an architect in the future—"maybe I'd just play some music on the side for my own enjoyment or for a little extra money," he told The Fayetteville Observer last February—there's no doubt that he's got a promising path in the blues if he chooses it. The free show begins at 3 p.m. in the Museum's Daniels Auditorium. —Spencer Griffith