Shelton Powe

Presented in partnership with: North Carolina Museum of History

Venue: Daniels Auditorium

Date/Time: Sunday, November 11, 2012 | 3 p.m.

Please note: The Music of the Carolinas series attracted overflow crowds last season! The concerts remain free and open to the public, but the Museum will issue free tickets to this performance on a first-come, first-served basis the day of the show. Tickets will be available at the table outside the auditorium at 2 p.m. (doors open at 2:45 p.m.) and will be issued to the first 311 people to arrive. Per occupancy regulations, tickets must be presented before entering the auditorium. Thank you for your understanding and for your support of the Music of the Carolinas series!

Shelton Powe

Piedmont blues musician Shelton Powe performs on the Music of the Carolinas stage this Sunday! Powe plays in the Piedmont finger-style guitar tradition of his parents and elders. Listening to him play and sing, you find yourself back at the wellspring of the Carolina Blues tradition. Powe says most of the songs he plays are tunes he remembers from childhood. They come to him in fits. He enters musical flashbacks, finding himself a child sitting in a pew enamored by the harmonies of the elders in his Baptist church, or hearing his mother and father singing and playing around the house. More than a musical fancy, the Carolina blues is a piece of this musician, and his honest delivery is captivating. Powe currently works with the Hillsborough-based Music Maker Relief Foundation, which released his debut album, Carolina Blues and Gospel, earlier this year. (John Dee Holeman, who was previously scheduled to perform, has had to cancel due to illness. We wish him a full recovery!)

Powe was born in Charlotte in 1957, and he was raised by a family of gifted instrumentalists, singers and dancers. In keeping with family tradition, his mother would give young Shelton gifts of harmonicas and guitars at Christmas with the hopes of awakening a dormant musical aptitude, to no avail.

It wasn’t until the deaths of his mother and father in the late 1980s that Powe became reacquainted with the rhythms and melodies of the old songs his parents used to sing. Picking up the guitar as a tribute to his deceased mother, Powe set out to learn old-time blues and gospel the way he remembered it from his childhood. Living in Georgia, he immersed himself in the blues scene of Atlanta, where he was mentored by artists like Cora Mae Bryant, Neal Pattman, Cootie Stark, and Frank Edwards. Over the years, Powe has developed an extensive repertoire of songs and lyrics.
Powe connected with the Music Maker Relief Foundation in 1997. The foundation has provided him with a guitar, helped him arrange performances throughout North Carolina, and issued his first CD earlier this year. He has had opportunities to play alongside numerous Music Maker artists, including Eddie Tigner, Mudcat, Cora Mae Bryant, Frank Edwards, Cootie Stark, and Neal Pattman. Powe currently resides in Charlotte, North Carolina.


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