Lakota John is an old soul with a love for the blues. “Pembroke’s Lakota John Locklear is a prodigious blues guitarist of Lumbee and Lakota lineage–Indy Week”. A talented guitarist/vocalist from Southeastern North Carolina who grew up listening to his dad’s music library. At 6 years old, he picked up one of his Dad’s old harmonicas and at age 7, his first guitar. This lefty learned to play guitar in standard tuning and was intrigued by the sound of the slide guitar. At age 10, he bought himself a glass slide, placed it on his pinky finger and he has been sliding over the frets ever since.
Lakota John blends traditional styles of the Piedmont blues fingerpicking, Roots and Ragtime with slide guitar. He sprinkles it with a bit of harmonica and mixes in part of his Indigenous heritage with sounds of the Native American flute. He received two scholarships, 2008 and 2009 to attend Centrum’s Acoustic Blues Festival in Port Townsend, WA, where he participated in a week of guitar workshops and jam sessions learning in the classroom of the blues master's John Cephas and Phil Wiggins and others. In 2009, the guitar prodigy joined the Music Maker Relief Foundation performing locally as one of their Next Generation Artists alongside elder Bluesman and with repeated performances at the NC Museum of History; The PineCone Music Series; Shakori Hills Music Festival; the North Carolina Indian Heritage Celebration and others. Some of his musical influences include Blind Boy Fuller, Reverend Gary Davis, Duane Allman, Johnny Winter, Robert Johnson, Taj Mahal, Jimi Hendrix, Derek Trucks, Jesse Fuller and many- many more. Lakota John continues to learn alongside the elder bluesmasters, to carry on the traditional sounds of the acoustic Piedmont fingerpicking to the electric Delta blues guitar styles.
He released his first CD “Old Bluez That’s Newz to Me” in 2009. In 2013, Lakota John & Kin released their self-titled album and recently, Lakota John released a solo recording of “The Winds of Time” on the International Artists label. He is a 2015 NAMA (Native American Music Awards) nominee for Best Blues Recording and has opened up for or shared the stage with reknown Native artist, Pura Fe; Blues icon, Taj Mahal; Native American Blues Rocker, Keith Secola; American Songster, Dom Flemons and many others. Lakota John tours nationally and internationally with selected performances at the John F. Kennedy Center and the Library of Congress in Washington, DC; the FNX studio in San Bernadino, CA; New Mexico State Fair and a recent tour in Italy, Switzerland and Canada.
Humble thanks Pura Fe, blues musician and mentor, for the introduction to the Music Maker record label and to Legendary Bluesman Mr. John Dee Holeman for teaching and guiding me along the blues pathway