2015 Performers

2015 Lineup

Boo Hanks

"Most people, when they hear me play, they think it’s two guitars, because I play the bass and the other strings at the same time. They say, man that’s two guitars, and I say no, me, it’s just me by myself. They say, don’t believe you, it sounds like two guitars to me." - Boo Hanks

Boo Hanks, a descendant of Abraham Lincoln on his mother’s side, is the greatest Piedmont Blues rediscovery in many years. He sings and plays guitar in the style of the legendary Blind Boy Fuller. At the age of 79, he made his first recording and at 82 he has enjoyed performances around home as well as Lincoln Center and Belgium.

Mel Melton & the Wicked Mojos

Mel Melton, former owner of award winning Cajun Restaurant Papa Mojo’s Roadhouse in Durham, NC will be performing with his band the Wicked Mojos for the first time at North87South in Graham, NC on March 14, 2015. Mel Melton & The Wicked Mojos are known as North Carolina’s premier Zydeco, Swamp Pop, Louisiana Dance Hall band fronted by Melton’s sizzling accordion style blues harmonica. Melton has played with many of the top Louisiana music artists of our time including Clifton Chenier, Zachary Richard, Sonny Landreth, C.J Chenier and has opened up for or was as guest artist with Tab Benoit, Ray Charles, B.B. King, Dr. John, The Neville Brothers, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Dave Edmunds, The Fabulous Thunderbirds and many, many more.

Harvey Dalton Arnold

Harvey Dalton Arnold is a singer, guitarist and North Carolina-native who has a passion for the blues. He sold millions of albums as a member of southern-rock band The Outlaws from 1976-80 and has played at Madison Square Garden and Radio City Music Hall. Harvey performs a left-handed finger-picking style and slide playing on electric and acoustic guitars.

Though he made a career of electric rock, his roots are in bluegrass and old country from his upbringing in eastern North Carolina. In 2005, Harvey was diagnosed with head, neck and tongue cancer. After a year of treatment, his health recovered along with his passion for music. He taught himself to talk and sing again, returning to the music of his childhood: the blues.

Tha' Bullfrog Willard McGhee

"True to his handle, Th’ Bullfrog Willard McGhee sings in a friendly, gurgling growl, a little like a latter-day Dave Van Ronk. While his voice is warm with a world-weary gentleness, his acoustic guitar smacks and snaps as he picks out the Piedmont blues Blind Boy Fuller made famous." – Andrew Ritchey of Indy Wee

The Josh Preslar Band

Soulful guitar and smooth vocals along with his original delivery of a classic sound has taken Raleigh, NC based Josh Preslar from being a sought after side-man to fronting his own band. After years of touring the US and abroad backing up some of the best in the blues, Josh has come off the road to focus on his own project. In 2014 Josh and his band started packing dancefloors all across North Carolina. Their "from the heart", upbeat performances pack the sounds of blues, swing, soul, and more into one must-see show. Don't forget your dancin' shoes!

E-Train & the Rusted Rails

Eric "E-Train" Manning and band, The Rusted Rails combine blues with a bayou flavor, and funky bluesy rock with a little Cajun seasoning, The Rusted Rails ignite local audiences with a captivating mix of familiar and original rockabilly, swing, and blues. Voted best band by the Triangle Blues Society in 2011.