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". From Robeson County, North Carolina and born in 1997, John Lakota Locklear is no stranger to music. This Native American bottleneck slide player (Lumbee/Oglala Lakota) grew up listening to his dad’s music library. At 7 years old, he picked up one of his Dad's old harmonicas and at age 9, 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 started performing in 2009 and has repeated performances at the NC Museum of History; The PineCone Music Series; Shakori Hills Music Festival; the North Carolina Indian Heritage Celebration; River People Culture and Music Festival and Southern Pines Blues Crawl. He is a 2015 NAMA Nominee (Native American Music Awards) and has opened up for or shared the stage with Native American Blues Artist, Pura Fe; Blues icon, Taj Mahal; Native blues rocker, Keith Secola; Scott Ainslie, Blues Historian and Musician; Cary Morin, Native American Blues Guitarist and mentor; the Jeff Sipe Trio; Legendary Bluesman Mr. John Dee Holeman and the South Carolina "Blues Doctor" Mr. Drink Small.
He conducts guitar workshops and gives private lessons to anyone interested in learning how to play basic guitar chords, bottleneck slide or piedmont style guitar.
Lakota John tours the U.S. and abroad performing at many festivals and events as an acoustic solo artist and with his family band, Lakota John and Kin (which includes Miss Layla, his sister; his Dad, Sweet Papa John and Mama, Tonya) or with Friends (electric band-George Johnson on Bass Guitar, Tony Raimondo on Drums).
Lakota John - Acoustic Guitar; Kazoo; Vocals Mama Tonya - Washboard Miss Layla - Fiddle; Tambourine; Kazoo; Vocals Sweet Papa John - Guitar; Harmonica; Vocals