Roy Book Binder

The John C. Campbell Folk School is proud to announce that fingerstyle blues legend Roy Book Binder will be in concert on Monday Sept. 23rd. The concert is in Keith House at 7:00 PM and is offered at no charge as grant dollars from the North Carolina Arts Council will underwrite Book Binder’s concert.

“Book,” as he is called by friends and fans, began to study guitar in New York City (NYC) in the early 1960’s when he left the navy. He contacted one of the blues greats, the Rev. Gary Davis who made his home in NYC. Book became more than a student, and traveled with Davis while Davis was touring. Rev. Davis was an African-American bluesman who played six-and-twelve stringed guitars. When the folksong revival of the late 1950’s through the later 1960’s took NYC (and the entire United States) by storm, the Rev. Davis had a whole new career and audiences. During this era Rev. Davis, (and many more Black bluesmen) noted that their audiences became mostly White and college aged. Naturally, they bought records and careers skyrocketed. It was during the early-mid 1960’s that Book became a regular as a solo act in NYC clubs and at hootenannies. 

Roy Book Binder

Book then took a vacation around 1970 and went to Spartansburg, South Carolina to seek out blues great Pink Anderson. Anderson also had a repertory of humorous songs that had been popular in an earlier era; songs like “He’s in the Jailhouse Now” that had been covered by popular early recording artists such as Jimmie Rodgers.

In 1970 Book went to England where American southern blues was beloved. Book came home to the U.S. with his career exploding. By 1976 Book had cut loose his NYC apartment and began life on the road in a motorhome. Although married, with a home in Florida, Book still spends much of his time on the road sleeping at the parking lots of the clubs where he performs. 

Book will then present a workshop on Tuesday Sept. 24th in the History Center of the Folk School. The cost will be $75.00 for a two-hour workshop. Interested persons should contact David A. Brose at 828-837-2775 to make a reservation for the workshop.

Plan on being at the Folk School for the concert on Sept. 23rd at 7:00 to enjoy one of the blues world’s great artists. He will be playing acoustic fingerstyle guitar, solo. It is not often that there is a blues artist of Book’s stature in our community.

Plan on being at the Folk School for the concert on Sept. 23rd at 7:00 to enjoy one of the blues world’s great artists. He will be playing acoustic fingerstyle guitar, solo. It is not often that there is a blues artist of Book’s stature in our community.

Roy Book Binder