Lightnin' remains an insatiable student and researcher, studying the various forms of American roots music from bygone eras. He plays a number of instruments besides the guitar including the harmonica, ukulele, mandolin and banjo. He has taught blues guitar at most of the leading "Blues Weeks" sponsored by universities and teaching organizations throughout the country. He served for ten years as a board member for the Music Maker Relief Foundation which assists elderly blues and old-time musicians to meet their basic needs and continues to serve this organization in an advisory capacity.
With his experience, knowledge and well-honed performance skills, Lightnin' Wells has established himself at the forefront of the traditional blues revival. His musical style is personal and energetic yet remains true to the original root form. His goal is to entertain and educate using a variety of sources, influences and techniques to express his dedication, respect and pleasure in presenting this unique American art form. Wrote one recent reviewer; "Whether you look for to performers for inspiration, education, virtuosity, or sheer entertainment, Lightnin' Wells delivers all the above, every single time".
We are looking for a couple more students for this intermediate-level Piedmont Blues Guitar class. It meets 10:00am - 4:00 pm. Students should have familiarty playing guitar, but can be new to the blues. The cost is $65.00, and you can register online or call us at 276-236-3500.
Lightnin' will also be giving a concert on Saturday at 7:00 pm, so even if you don't play, come on out to hear him pick and tell stories about his adventures with people like Algie Mae Hilton and George Higgs.
Check out the event page on Facebook for more information.