LAKOTA JOHN

Lakota John is an old soul with a love for music.  He is a guitarist/vocalist, from Southeastern North Carolina, who grew up listening to his dad’s music library.  At 6 years old he picked up harmonica, and at age 7 guitar.  LJ learned to play guitar left-handed, 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 styles of the Folk, Blues, Rock & Jazz  with slide guitar, banjo, piano and mandolin.  He adds in a bit of harmonica, and mixes in part of his Indigenous heritage with sounds of the Native American flute.  LJ received two scholarships in 2008 and 2009 to attend Centrum’s Acoustic Blues Festival in Port Townsend, WA.  There he participated in a week of guitar workshops and jam sessions, learning in the classrooms of blues masters. In 2009, he joined the Music Maker Relief Foundation, performing as one of their Next Generation Artists, alongside older Bluesmen.  Lakota John continues to learn alongside master musicians and mentors to broaden his musical abilities, while incorporating sounds of American Music.

Lakota John released his first album, “Old Bluez That’s Newz to Me,” in 2009.  In 2013, Lakota John & Kin released a self-titled album.  In 2017 Lakota John released a solo album, called “The Winds of Time,” on the International Artists label.  Currently, he is working on a new single “Together at Home” to be released May 2021. 

LJ was nominated for an American Music Awards for Best Blues Recording. Won a Carolina Music Award in the Best Americana/Bluegrass Category, as well as first place in the 2019 Road to Memphis PBPS Blues Challenge Solo/Duo Competition.

Lakota has opened for, or shared the stage with, renowned Native artists Pura Fe, Blues icon Taj Mahal, Native American Blues Rocker Keith Secola, American Songster Dom Flemons, to name a few.  He tours nationally and internationally, including selected performances at the John F. Kennedy Center and the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., in addition to repeated performances in CA, NM, Europe and Canada.